Esther Bigeou

Esther Bigeou (1895 – 1935 or 1936) was an American vaudeville and blues singer. Billed as "The Girl with the Million Dollar Smile", she was one of the classic female blues singers popular in the 1920s.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1895 (New Orleans), Died 1936 (New Orleans)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1921 - 1926

Roles Represented in DAHR: contralto, lyricist, composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh S-70223 10-in. 10/5/1921 The Memphis blues Esther Bigeou Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-70224 10-in. 10/5/1921 The St. Louis blues Esther Bigeou Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance ensemble vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-70294 10-in. Nov. 1921 Stingaree blues Esther Bigeou Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-70318 10-in. Nov. 1921 Nervous blues Esther Bigeou Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-70319 10-in. Nov. 1921 If that's what you want, here it is Esther Bigeou Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71322 10-in. Feb. 1923 Aggravatin' papa (Don't you try to two-time me) Esther Bigeou ; Ricketts' Stars Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71323 10-in. Feb. 1923 Four o'clock blues Esther Bigeou ; Ricketts' Stars Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71329 10-in. Mar. 1923 I'm through with you (As I can be) Esther Bigeou ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71330 10-in. Mar. 1923 Beale Street mama Esther Bigeou ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71341 10-in. Mar. 1923 Outside of that, he's all right with me Esther Bigeou Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71342 10-in. Mar. 1923 The Gulf Coast blues Esther Bigeou Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71374 10-in. Mar. 1923 Beale Street blues Esther Bigeou Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-71375 10-in. Mar. 1923 The hesitating blues Esther Bigeou Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-72130 Not documented Dec. 1923 [Unknown title(s)] Esther Bigeou ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-72131 10-in. Dec. 1923 That twa-twa tune Esther Bigeou ; Piron's New Orleans Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto  
OKeh S-72173 10-in. Dec. 1923 Panama Limited blues Esther Bigeou Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto, composer, lyricist  
OKeh S-72174 10-in. Dec. 1923 You ain't treatin' me right Esther Bigeou Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto, lyricist  
OKeh S-72175 10-in. 12/14/1923 West Indies blues Esther Bigeou ; Piron's New Orleans Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto  
OKeh 74452 12/21/1926 Zulu blues Esther Bigeou Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto  
OKeh 74453 12/21/1926 Midnight stomp Esther Bigeou Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto  
OKeh W80258 10-in. 12/21/1926 Midnight stomp Esther Bigeou Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto  
OKeh W80259 10-in. 12/21/1926 Zulu blues Esther Bigeou Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bigeou, Esther," accessed January 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110758.

Bigeou, Esther. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110758.

"Bigeou, Esther." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 January 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110758

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