(April 1, 1895 – October 17, 1984) was an American blues singer
, and nurse
. Her career had started back in the early 1920s, and from there on, she became a successful jazz and blues
recording artist, being critically acclaimed to the ranks of Ethel Waters
and Bessie Smith
. In the 1950s, she retired from performing and entered the medical field, only to successfully resume her singing career in her eighties.
1910s – 1940s
Born in Memphis
, she left home while still in her early teens and settled in Chicago
.Barlow, William. "Looking Up At Down": The Emergence of Blues Culture
. Temple University Press (1989), pp. 134-35. ISBN 0-87722-583-4.
She first toured Europe in 1917, performing in Paris and London. The Europeans treated her as an artist, showing her respect and even reverence, which made a great impression on her.
Her career as singer and songwriter flourished in the 1920s... Read More