Rosa Henderson

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Rosa Deschamps, 24 November 1896, Henderson, Kentucky, USA, d. 6 April 1968, New York City, New York, USA. Henderson was a person of many aliases; her most well-known stage name was the one she took from her husband and vaudeville partner Douglas ‘Slim’ Henderson, but others were more arbitrarily chosen. She had records issued under the titles Flora Dale, Rosa Green Mae/Mamie Harris, Sara Johnsson, Sally Ritz, Josephine Thomas, Gladys White and Bessie Williams. Her large record output and continuing success on the stage indicate the popularity of her big voice and engaging persona. Her blues was largely divorced from any country influence but sometimes showed considerable awareness of contemporary musical trends. Her career appears to have ended in the early 30s.

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