Luella Miller
Posted in 1920s,Female Blues on 06.17.08

I updated the release dates for the first blues mix below – I knew someone would call me out for not including it – yet here we are. Does anyone know if Yazoo Records is still releasing albums? Their website doesn’t seem like it has been updated since the last batch of Patton reissues, but I keep seeing new (at least to me) discs pop up every so often.

We have a trio of songs from Luella Miller today. Miller was was a well traveled blues singer – her topical songs seem to focus on St.Louis and Mississippi though she recorded in both New York and Chicago. The first track was her first release and feature guitar great Lonnie Johnson on violin! He would appear on several of her early recordings on guitar, but it’s interesting to hear him on violin – which I’ve only heard a handful of songs feature him on that instrument. The last two tracks are my favorite, and unfortunately her last recorded works – her voice has matured a lot in couple years between recordings and she’s back by her best band, especially on the on wonderful side Wee Wee Daddy Blues.

Luella Miller – Dago Hill Blues (1926)
Luella Miller – Chicago Blues (1928)
Luella Miller – Wee Wee Daddy Blues (1928)


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[…] work(though, at the time he was alive, he was known more as a singer).  But today, I point you to Honey, Where You Been So Long? where you can hear Luella Miller singing and Lonnie Johnson playing the […]

By Edward Thayer on 01.26.10 7:34 pm

Just bought Luella’s Vocallion 1044 record of Dago Hill Blues and Pretty Man Blues. Can’t wait to play it! It’s great to be able to hear such a clean version here. Many thanks for a cool site.

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