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Posted in 1920s,Female Blues,Honey on 04.13.06

Bertha Idaho only recorded four songs in her professional career that started in 1919 as a traveling act singing and dancing along side her husband, John. Unfortunately she did not get into the recording studio until 1929 catching the tail end of the female blues popularity. It’s a great loss for us because she has a strong voice, that recalls Bessie Smith, though she is able to stand on her own, unlike a lot of singers that followed in Smith’s footsteps. This track “Down On Pennsylvania Avenue” features Clarence Williams on piano (though it was rumored that she accompanied herself) and is a great description of Baltimore’s seedy side.

Bertha Idaho – Down On Pennsylvania Avenue (1929)

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By bopst on 04.14.06 10:43 am

I can always count on you for great music….eternal thanks…


[…] “Bertha Idaho only recorded four songs in her professional career that started in 1919 as a traveling act singing and dancing along side her husband, John. Unfortunately she did not get into the recording studio until 1929 catching the tail end of the female blues popularity. This track “Down On Pennsylvania Avenue” features Clarence Williams on piano (though it was rumored that she accompanied herself) and is a great description of Baltimore’s seedy side.” – prewarblues.org […]




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