Rosetta Howard

Rosetta Howard (August 30, 1913 – October 8, 1974) was an American blues singer who recorded in the 1930s and 1940s.

Little is known of her life. She was born in Woodruff County, Arkansas, and later moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she began her career by joining in with jukebox selections at the club where she worked. Around 1932 she began singing professionally with Jimmie Noone and other bandleaders. Beginning in 1937 she made a number of recordings with the Harlem Hamfats, including her paean to marijuana, "If You're a Viper", and the ribald "Let Your Linen Hang Low". The latter was noted by one music journalist as "Howard engaging Kansas Joe McCoy in sexy banter". She also recorded with Herb Morand and Odell Rand, who were members of the group. In 1939 she recorded with the Harlem Blues Serenaders, who included Charlie Shavers, Buster Bailey, Lil Armstrong, Henry "Red" Allen and Barney Bigard.

She continued to perform in Chicago in the 1940s, and in 1947 featured on recordings with the Big Three, including Willie Dixon and Big Bill Broonzy. The records were unsuccessful, and she did not record again. In the 1950s she sang with Thomas A. Dorsey at the Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago.

Howard died in Chicago in 1974.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1914 (Chicago), Died 1974 (Chicago)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 28 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 62643 10-in. 10/5/1937 Let your linen hang low-1 Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 62644 10-in. 10/5/1937 If you're a viper Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 62645 10-in. 10/5/1937 Rosetta blues Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 62646 10-in. 10/5/1937 It's your turn Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 62647 10-in. 10/5/1937 Let's fall in love again-1 Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 62648 10-in. 10/5/1937 Worried mind blues Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 63640 10-in. 4/21/1938 It will never happen again Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 63641 10-in. 4/21/1938 Trading old love for new Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 63642 10-in. 4/21/1938 Stay on it Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 63643 10-in. 4/21/1938 Delta bound Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 63644 10-in. 4/21/1938 You got to go when the wagon comes Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 63645 10-in. 4/21/1938 How long baby Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 63646 10-in. 4/21/1938 Harlem jamboree Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 65756 10-in. 6/8/1939 Come easy, go easy Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 65757 10-in. 6/8/1939 My blues is like whiskey Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 65758 10-in. 6/8/1939 The jive is here Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 65759 10-in. 6/8/1939 My downfall Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 65760 10-in. 6/8/1939 Hog-wild blues Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 65811 10-in. 6/14/1939 Plain Lenox Avenue Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 65812 10-in. 6/14/1939 Men are like street cars Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 65813 10-in. 6/14/1939 He's mine all mine Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 65814 10-in. 6/14/1939 Headin' for the river Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 91269 10-in. 5/21/1937 Empty bed blues The Harlem Hamfats vocalist  
Decca 91552 10-in. 10/21/1938 Stomp it out gate Rosetta Howard vocalist  
Decca 91553 10-in. 10/21/1938 The candy man Rosetta Howard vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 28 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Howard, Rosetta," accessed September 25, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/321965.

Howard, Rosetta. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 25, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/321965.

"Howard, Rosetta." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 25 September 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/321965

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