I’ve Been The Queen, Devil and The Deep Blue Sea
Posted in 1920s,Female Blues,Honey on 03.29.07

Big thanks! to Jeff for solving the blues mystery – you guys are the best readers a boy could hope for. If anyone else has a song mystery on their hands – send it into pkpatnaik at prewarblues.org and the bees will jump right on it.

Virginia Liston was a well traveled singer by the time she recorded these sides for Okeh in the early 20s. Liston had fallen ill and forced to stop touring as much and so she started to record pretty standard female blues numbers, though I doubt these were the same songs she was singing in New York and Chicago blues bars at the time. She does bring an intersting perspective to these songs though, she’s not docile or angry – but consistently blue. The first track here, You Thought I Was Blind But Now I See, she keeps her temper and stands up strong to her man, in this well written third person narrative. The second track presented today is a pretty rough transfer, but it’s so so blue. Liston has given up on men – she prefers to be alone – and if IF she’s with a man, it’s just for money and show. Right On Virginia.

Virginia Liston – You Thought I Was Blind But Now I See (1923)
Virginia Liston – I Don’t Love Nobody (1924)


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By Gustavoblues on 03.30.07 1:02 pm



By Daniel on 04.21.08 4:08 pm

I think Liston also did “I’ve Got What It Takes (But It Breaks My Heart To Give It Away)”, right? That’s a great song!

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