Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is a 1982 play – one of the ten-play Pittsburgh Cycle by August Wilson – that chronicles the twentieth century African American experience. The play is set in Chicago in the 1920s (the only play in the group not set in Pittsburgh), and deals with issues of race, art, religion and the historic exploitation of black recording artists by white producers. The play's title refers to a song of the same title by Ma Rainey referring to the Black Bottom dance.
Ma' Rainey's Black Bottom Lyrics. Now, you heard the rest Ah, boys, I'm gonna show you the best Ma Rainey's gonna show you her black bottom. Way down south in Alabamy I got a friend, they call dancin' Sammy Who's crazy about all the latest dances Black bottom stomps and the Jew baby prances. The other night at a swell affair Soon as the boys found out that I was there They said, "Come on, Ma let's go to the cabaret" Where that band you ought to hear me say".
Features Song Lyrics for Ma Rainey's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom album. Ma" Rainey's Black Bottom Lyrics. 2. Farewell Daddy Blues Lyrics. 3. Sleep Talking Blues (Take 1) Lyrics. 4. Don't Fish In My Sea Lyrics. Ma Rainey Lyrics provided by SongLyrics. Do you like this album?
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1 Oh Papa Blues 2 Black Eye Blues - Take 1 3 "Ma" Rainey's Black Bottom 4 Booze And Blues 5 Blues Oh Blues 6 Sleep Talking Blues - Take 1 7 Lucky Rock Blues 8 Georgia Cake Walk 9 Don't Fish In My Sea 10 Stack O' Lee Blues 11 Shave 'Em Dry Blues 12 Yonder Come The Blues - Take 1 13. Screech Owl Blues 14 Farewell Daddy Blues
Ma Rainey wasn't the first blues singer to make records, but by all rights she probably should have been. In an era when women were the marquee names in blues, Rainey was once the most celebrated of all; the "Mother of the Blues" had been singing the music for more than 20 years before she made her recording debut (Paramount, 1923). With the advent of blues records, she became even more influential, immortalizing such songs as "See See Rider," "Bo-Weavil Blues," and "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Rainey's recordings and performances were extremely popular among black audiences, particularly in the south. After reaching the height of her popularity in the late '20s, Rainey's career faded away by the early '30s as female blues singing became less popular with the blues audience. She retired from performing in 1933, settling down in her hometown of Columbus.
Appointed "Mother of the Blues" during her '20s heyday, singer Ma Rainey was one of the best of the many classic female blues singers of the period. An inspiration to the "Empress of the Blues," Bessie Smith, Rainey was a Georgia native who was discovered in Chicago during the early '20s. While not the possessor of a voice as powerful as Smith 's, Rainey still cut a slew of strong sides featuring a fine blend of country blues intensity and jazz-band sophistication. This excellent Yazoo collection captures Rainey in her prime.
|A1||"Ma" Rainey's Black Bottom|
|A2||Dont Fish In My Sea
Piano – Jimmy Blythe
|A3||Booze And Blues
Clarinet – Don RedmanCornet – Howard Scott Drums – Kaiser MarshallPiano – Fletcher HendersonTrombone – Charlie Green
|A5||Stack O' Lee Blues|
|A6||Black Eye Blues (Take 1)|
|A7||Oh Papa Blues|
|B1||Blues Oh Blues|
|B2||Shave 'Em Dry Blues|
|B3||Lucky Rock Blues
Clarinet – Jimmy O'BryantCornet – Tommy LadnierPiano – Lovie AustinSaxophone – Unknown Artist
|B4||Screech Owl Blues
Piano [Possibly] – Georgia Tom Dorsey*
|B5||Georgia Cake Walk|
|B6||Sleep Talking Blues (Take 1)|
|B7||Yonder Came The Blues (Take 1)|
|1071||Ma Rainey||Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (CD, Comp, RE, RM)||Yazoo||1071||US||Unknown|
|1071||Ma Rainey||Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Cass, Comp, Mono)||Yazoo||1071||US||1989|
|1071||Ma Rainey||Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (LP, Comp, Mono, RP)||Yazoo||1071||US||1985|
|1071||Ma Rainey||Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (CD, Comp)||Yazoo||1071||US||1990|