Friday, September 14, 2012

The Best of Lizzie Miles (1927-1955)

Lizzie Miles was a fine classic blues singer from the 1920s who survived to have a full comeback in the 1950s. She started out singing in New Orleans during 1909-1911 with such musicians as King Oliver, Kid Ory, and Bunk Johnson. Miles spent several years touring the South in minstrel shows and playing in theaters. She was in Chicago during 1918-1920 and then moved to New York in 1921, making her recording debut the following year. Her recordings from the 1922-1930 period mostly used lesser-known players, but Louis Metcalf and King Oliver were on two songs apiece and she recorded a pair of duets with Jelly Roll Morton in 1929. Miles sang with A.J. Piron and Sam Wooding, toured Europe during 1924-1925, and was active in New York during 1926-1931. Illness knocked her out of action for a period, but by 1935, she was performing with Paul Barbarin, she sang with Fats Waller in 1938, and recorded a session in 1939. Lizzie Miles spent 1943-1949 outside of music, but in 1950 began a comeback, often performing with Bob Scobey or George Lewis during her final decade.

Miles was born in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, in a dark skinned Francophone Creole ("Creole of Color") family. She traveled widely with minstrel and circus shows in the 1910s, and made her first phonograph recordings in New York of blues songs in 1922 – although Miles did not like to be referred to as a 'blues singer', since she sang a wide repertory of music.

In 1958 Miles appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival. In 1959 she quit singing, except for gospel music. She died in New Orleans, from a heart attack, in March 1963.[4]

Her half sister Edna Hicks was also a blues singer.
-All Music Guide

01. You're Such A Cruel Papa-tk6 (w King Oliver.1928)
02. My Dif'rent Kind O' Man (w King Oliver.1928)
03. Don't Tell Me Nothin' (w Jelly Roll Morton.1929)
04. Shake It Down (1928)
05. Slow Up Papa (1927)
06. Grievin' Mama Blues (1927)
07. A Good Man Is hard To Find (1928)
08. He's My Man (1939)
09. That's All Right Daddy 
10. Hold Me, Parson 
11. Keep Knockin' No. 2 
12. Stranger Blues 
13. Twenty Grand Blues 
14. He's Red Hot To Me 
15. Bill Bailey Wont You Come Home (1955)
16. Darktown Strutters Ball
17. Don't Tell Me Nothing 'Bout My Man
18. I Ain't Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll
19. Lizzie's Blues
20. Salty Dog