Ma Rainey

Ma Rainey
1886 - 1939
Ma Rainey  American Musician

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First Name Ma
Last Name Rainey
Birthday 26th April, 1886
Birthplace Columbus, Georgia, United States
Died 22nd December, 1939
Place of Death Rome, Georgia, U.S.
Buried Porterdale Cemetery, Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, USA
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Sexuality Bisexual
Ethnicity Black
Nationality American
Occupation Text Vocalist
Occupation Musician
Music Genre (Text) Blues, classic female blues
Music Genre Blues
Year(s) Active 1900–1933, 1899–1933, 1899–1959
Music Style Classic Female Blues, Acoustic Blues, Early Jazz, Country, Jug Band
Music Mood Earthy, Boisterous, Passionate, Yearning, Theatrical, Playful, Bittersweet, Plaintive, Sensual
Instrument Vocals
Record Label Paramount
Associated Acts Rainey and Rainey, Assassinators of the Blues, Rabbit Foot Minstrels, Rainey and Rainey, Assassinators of the Blues, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong

Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (born Gertrude Pridgett, April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939) was one of the earliest African-American professional blues singers and one of the first generation of blues singers to record. The "Mother of the Blues", she bridged earlier vaudeville and the authentic expression of southern blues, influencing a generation of blues singers.

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