Doretha Trowbridge

Dorothea Trowbridge (c.1914 – death date unknown; first name also spelled Dorthea, Doretha) was an American blues singer active in St. Louis in the 1930s. A few recordings by her remain, at least one of which includes lyrics on the theme of "grinding", a blues slang term for sexual intercourse.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 1st, 1914 (Dublin)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer, lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-76823 10-in. 8/2/1933 Bad luck blues Pinetop ; Doretha Trowbridge Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-76824 10-in. 8/2/1933 Slavin' mama blues Pinetop ; Doretha Trowbridge Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-76839 10-in. 8/2/1933 Steady grindin' James Johnson ; Doretha Trowbridge Female-male vocal duet, with piano vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Trowbridge, Doretha," accessed August 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110282.

Trowbridge, Doretha. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110282.

"Trowbridge, Doretha." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 August 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110282

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