Entity | Ma Rainey

Ma Rainey
Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (née Pridgett; April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939) was an American blues singer and influential early blues recording artist. Dubbed the "Mother of the Blues", she bridged earlier vaudeville and the authentic expression of southern blues, influencing a generation of blues singers. Gertrude Pridgett began performing as a teenager and became known as "Ma" Rainey after her marriage to Will "Pa" Rainey in 1904. They toured with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels and later formed their own group, Rainey and Rainey, Assassinators of the Blues. Her first recording was made in 1923. In the following five years, she made over 100 recordings, including "Bo-Weevil Blues" (1923), "Moonshine Blues" (1923), "See See Rider Blues" (1924), "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (1927), and "Soon This Morning" (1927).
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Born: 1886, Columbus
Died: 1939, Columbus

Alternate Names: Rainey, Ma, 1886-1939, Pridgett, Gertrude, 1886-1939, Rainey, Gertrude Malissa Nix Pridgett, 1886-1939, Gertrude Rainey, Gertrude Pridgett Rainey, Gertrude Pridgett, "Gertrude "Ma" Rainey"
Occupation(s): street artist, songwriter, musician, singer, Singers
Associated Place(s): Columbus, United States, Rome