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.
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