He Broke My Heart To Pass The Time
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Posted in Honey on 12.19.05

Only a few more days until Christmas, I’ve completed all my shopping though amazon.com has chosen to only ship bits and pieces of my orders. So here’s to hoping I get most (any) of my stuff before the holidays. The John Fahey Christmas album is amazing, I’ll post more about that (with samples of course) later in the week.

Today we are still resisting the trend to post Christmas songs, but this song is so good it hardly matters what season it is. Viola McCoy has her roots in vaudeville, but was able to make the transition over to blues without the over singing issues that plague lots of singers of the era. She was backed by the great Fletcher Henderson for most of her career which helped of course, but her voice and presence on these recordings are totally unique and strong, she’s a strong woman – with bad men – but she’s not paying them any mind.

Viola McCoy – I Ain’t Gonna Marry, Ain’t Gonna Settle Down

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