Pioneering blueswoman of the 1920s who released hits like "Arkansas Blues."
She was part of the traveling Laurel Harper Minstrel Stock Company, performing in tents around the South and she moved to Chicago in 1909.
She made the "St. Louis Blues" popular as a standard in Chicago.
She was born in Macon, Georgia.
She performed in her early Chicago career alongside the jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton.