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Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History! Memphis Minnie's Blues

Memphis Minnie

(June 3, 1897 - August 6, 1973)


This blues genius was born Lizzie Douglas in Walls, Mississippi and raised in Tennessee. She learned to play banjo and guitar early, leaving home at age 13 to play on Beale street in Memphis. She hit the road in 1916, playing throughout the southern states with the Ringling Bros. circus until 1920. In 1929 she and her husband, Joe McCoy, signed with Columbia records and over the next four years released several songs until their divorce. She moved to Chicago where she continued to perform, tour and record for several labels. In 1941 she scored her biggest hit, "Me and My Chauffeur Blues". Her career began to wane in the 1950s, and she retired in 1957. Now in declining health, she suffered two strokes which effectively ended her career. In 1973 she passed away in a Memphis nursing home. One of the most popular and skilled country blues artists of her day, she was ladylike and feminine, but feared no man. As bluesman Johnny Shines recalled about her, "Any men fool with her she'd go for them right away. She didn't take no foolishness off them. Guitar, pocket knife, pistol, anything she get her hand on she'd use it". She was a force to be reckoned with. Pay homage to the fearlessness of this mighty blueswoman when you steo out in this premium hoodie.

.: 50% Cotton 50% Polyester

.: Medium-heavy fabric (8.0 oz/yd² (271.25 g/m²))

.: Classic fit

.: Tear away label

.: Runs true to size

$53.54 

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