Sunday, September 14, 2008

I Feel Like Going To Church: Arizona Juanita Dranes

Arizona Dranes, believed to be born in 1891, and she is believed to have passed away in 1963. She was one of the first gospel artists to sing and play the piano at the same time. She recorded for Okeh and performed in the 1920s. She accompanied herself in the barrelhouse and ragtime styles popular at the time.

She was one of the influences on Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Clara Ward.

Arizona Juanita Dranes - I Shall Wear a Crown

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