There’s A Man In Town Called
Posted in Honey on 06.27.05

For the Greensboro residents that read Honey or (HWYBSL as the kids called it) the Weatherspoon Art Museum is having “Juke Joint” film festival through out July. This festival is a great example of people who on view the blues in terms of the effects it had on Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. What a waste, especially considering there many great locally produced documentaries focusing on the blues development in the Piedmont area of North Carolina.

Mamie Smith

Mamie Smith is most famous for recording the first blues song “Crazy Blues” in the early 20s. Most history of the blues jump from there to Ma Rainey and the increasing popularity of the blues in America and forget about Mamie Smith. This track “Jenny’s Ball” was recorded in 31 almost 10 years after “Crazy Blues,” Mamie was still popular but her time had clearly passed. Listening to “Jenny’s Ball” it’s clear that Mamie was a huge talent – and whose voice was the standard for almost every female blues singer recorded.

Mamie Smith – Jenny’s Blues


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