One of the first blues singers to ever be recorded and who sang "Seaboard Blues," "Troubled Mind," and "Superstitious Blues."
Coming out of the Alabama blues scene, she made her first recording in the 1920s and then teamed up with pianist Walter Roland for what would be nearly one hundred recordings.
She raised many eyebrows with songs like "B.D. Woman's Blues," the acronym standing for "bull dykes," which she explained in her opening lines: "Comin' a time/women ain't gonna need no men."
She was born in Amory, Mississippi and, after divorcing her first husband, she married another man who was twenty-two years younger than her.
B.B. King covered her song "Black Angel Blues," one of the less risqué of her recordings.