Lucille Bogan

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Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lucille Anderson, 1 April 1897, Amory, Mississippi, USA, d. 10 August 1948. Bogan was one of the toughest female blues singers of the pre-war era. Although not as sophisticated as Bessie Smith, she first recorded as early as 1923 and never worked in a true jazz band context. Instead, she utilized a string of gifted pianists, including Cow Cow Davenport, Will Ezell and, particularly, Walter Roland, or a more ‘countrified’ group featuring guitars and even banjos. After a wobbly first session, her voice deepened, and by 1927 she was into her stride, singing blues exclusively, often from the point of view of a street-walker. She seemed preoccupied with the latter way of life, expressing herself fluently, uncompromisingly and - during one famous session in 1936 - obscenely. Although raised as Lucille Anderson in Birmingham, Alabama, she recorded after 1933 as Bessie Jackson, producing some of her best work between then and 1935 in the company of Roland. She...

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