Ma Rainey

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Birthday
26, 1886
Birthplace
Columbus, GA
Death Date
Dec 22, 1939 (53)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
26, 1886
Birthplace
Columbus, GA
Death Date
Dec 22, 1939 (53)

About

The Mother of the Blues who was among the first singers to infuse folk blues music into her performances. She recorded more than one hundred songs over the course of her career, including "See See Rider."

Before Fame

Beginning her singing career at the Springer Opera House at the turn of the twentieth century, she and her husband toured around the South performing in tent shows and cabarets.

Trivia

Her works were distinguished for their simplicity and lack of adornment; she essentially took the songs of hardship and struggle of African Americans and retold them on the stage.

Family Life

Before her fame she and her husband William Rainey, a vaudeville performer known as Pa Rainey, traveled together in a song-and-dance act.

Associated With

She became the musical inspiration for the famed Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes and folklorist author Sterling Brown.