Billie Maxwell

Billie Maxwell (1906–1954) was the first woman recorded in country music, and the first recorded musician from Arizona. She played guitar with The White Mountain Orchestra and recorded six sides for the Victor Talking Machine Company.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 1st, 1906, Died January 1st, 1954

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar, arranger

Notes: Shown on disc labels as "Billie Maxwell, the Cow Girl Singer."

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-53294 10-in. 7/2/1929 Billy Venero Billie Maxwell Female vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) and violin vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, arranger  
Victor BVE-53295 10-in. 7/2/1929 Billy Venero Billie Maxwell Female vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) and violin vocalist, arranger, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-55231 10-in. 7/11/1929 The Arizona girl I left behind me Billie Maxwell Female vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) and violin vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-55232 10-in. 7/11/1929 The cowboy's wife Billie Maxwell Female vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) and violin vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-55233 10-in. 7/11/1929 When your sweetheart waits for you, Jack Billie Maxwell Female vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) and violin vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor BVE-55234 10-in. 7/11/1929 Haunted hunter Billie Maxwell Female vocal solo, with guitar (self-accompaniment) and violin vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar, arranger  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Maxwell, Billie," accessed October 29, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115435.

Maxwell, Billie. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 29, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115435.

"Maxwell, Billie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 29 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/115435

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