M.C. Blues
Posted in 1920s,Female Blues,Honey on 05.07.07

I love whistling. Even though I’m unable to whistle in a proper manner (i suck in, rather than blow out) I lover the sound of a proper whistle. It doesn’t seem that whistling was all that popular int pre-war blues music, although country and jazz music of the era featured whistling promtely. It seems when the moment arises to whistle in blues music the kazoo is always pulled out – and I mean I love the kazoo – Tampa Red’s especially, it’s no substitute for the whistle.

Marie Grinter published three songs for Okeh in her recording career and is unknown for good reason – she wasn’t spectacular, although I place the blame on her backing musicians rather than her voice, because while unrefined it’s better a lot of female blues singers who recorded 20 or 30 sides. This song, M.C. Blues features a great whistling chorus, though you know your career isn’t going to take off when the get the name of your signature song wrong (it should be M.G. Blues). She used whistling on another song East and West blues recored in the same session, it’s not nearly as good as M.C. Blues , but I’ve included it for thematic sake.

Marie Grinter – East and West Blues
Marie Grinter – M.C. Blues (1926)


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By Jeff on 05.15.07 8:18 am

There’s some nice whistling on Cripple Clarence Lofton’s great “Brown Skin Girls.”

By Preston on 05.26.07 11:11 pm

Gus Cannon’s “Madison Street Rag” has some of the loveliest manic whistling I’ve heard, at least on a pre-war blues side.
Memory fails, but I believe an early black recording artist was nicknamed “the Whistling Coon.”

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