Thursday, February 21, 2008

Ida Cox - Blues Songstress Mp3s Videos

I'm still in the mood to present female blues musicians. I hope you all are enjoying it as much as I am. LOL. You know I have to have some fun with this myself. Today I want you to consider Mrs. Ida Cox (1896 - 1967). She was a singer, composer, and a recording artist.

Ida Cox

Originally from Georgia she got her start in minstrel shows during the 1920s. She was popular during the 1930s also and did her last recordings in the 1960s.

According to her bio

She began her career at the age of 14 working in theaters. She was very popular during the 1920s and 1930s. In 1939 she sang at the Cafe Society and appeared at John Hammond's "Spirituals To Swing Concert". She toured until 1944 when a stroke forced her to retire. In 1961 she came back for on final recording.

During her career she worked with Charlie Christian, Lionel Hampton, Fletcher Henderson, Oran Page, Jelly Roll Morton, Tommy Ladnier, and Coleman Hawkins.

She was very progressive and made a lot of strides for both women and blacks during her life. Her song "Last Mile Blues," condemned capital punishment, and gave a voice to thousands of repressed African-Americans and secured her as one of the most renowned singers of the Harlem Renaissance.

Her songs include "Wild Woman Don't Have The Blues," "Death Letter Blues," "Ida Cox's Lawdy Lawdy Blues," "Mama Papa Turn Your Key," "Graveyard Hound Blues," "Georgia Hound Blues," "Coffin Blues," "Rambling Blues," "Worn Down Daddy Blues," and "You Stole My Man"

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Notes from YouTube; Part Four of DVD "The Ladies Sing The Blues" with some of the best American Vocalists and their greatest performances. Here Ida Cox with Jesse Crump - "When You Lose Your Money-Blues" and Sister Rosetta Tharp - "That Lonesome Road".


Ida Cox And Her Allstar Band

Ida Cox Jesse Crump

Ida Cox Allstar Orch

*update* - Thanks to the Lovely and talented Ms. Edith Frost for letting us know that our friends over at Honey, Where You Been So Long recently posted Ida Cox's 1925 Coffen Blues mp3. So go over there and snag that puppy while it is still hot.


Ida Cox entry at

Ida Cox @ The African American Registry

Ida Cox @ Wikipedia

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