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Ma Rainey

136 Years
Full Name
Gertrude Pridgett
Apr 26, 1886
Columbus, Georgia, U.S.

Ma Rainey Biography

Gertrude Pridgett, who was one of the earliest African-American professional blues singers and one of the first generation of blues singers to record was professionally known as Ma Rainey. She was well recognized for her powerful vocal abilities, energetic disposition, majestic phrasing, and a "moaning" style of singing. She began performing as a teenager and became known as "Ma" Rainey after her marriage to Will "Pa" Rainey, in 1904. The "Mother of the Blues" was among the first singers to infuse folk-blues music into her performances. She recorded more than one hundred songs over the course of her career, including "See See Rider." Beginning her singing career at the Springer Opera House at the turn of the twentieth century, she and her husband toured around the South performing in tent shows and cabarets. As recent news, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" movie review: Chadwick Boseman is breathtaking in his final film, delivering scene after scene of heartbreaking intensity. Sadly, Rainey is not with us for a very long time as she passed away on 22nd December 1939 at the age of 53.

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