Martha Copeland

Decades: 1990s


‘An exclusive Columbia Records recording artist’ despite also recording for Victor and OKeh, Copeland was one of the legion of second-string female blues singers of the ‘classic’ period. She recorded 34 tracks between 1923 and 1928 and demonstrated a good ‘moaning’ style on occasions with considerable humour. Despite some promotion by Columbia Records who billed her as ‘everybody’s mama’ she never achieved the popularity of stablemates Bessie and Clara Smith.

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