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The third of four Document CDs that reissue all of the classic blues singer Sara Martin recordings (except for a few numbers with famous musicians that have been reissued elsewhere) has the bulk of her 1924-25 performances. Martin is heard in several different settings: duets with guitarist Sylvester Weaver, small group dates with Clarence Williams, duets with Williams or pianist Lemuel Fowler and backing by a violin-guitar-banjo trio. Sara Martin's voice and emotional range grew gradually throughout the '20s and such numbers as "Got to Leave My Home Blues," "Some Blues," "I'd Rather Be Blue Than Green," "I Can Always Tell When a Man Is Treatin' Me Cool" and "Mournful Blues" are among the finest recordings of her career.


Born: 18 May 1884 in Louisville, KY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s

Known in her heyday as "the blues sensation of the West," the big-voiced Sara Martin was one of the best of the classic female blues singers of the '20s. Martin began her career as a vaudeville performer, switching to blues singing in the early '20s. In 1922, she began recording for OKeh Records, cutting a number of bawdy blues like "Mean Tight Mama." She continued recording until 1928. During this time, Martin became a popular performer on the southern Theater Owners' Booking Association circuits,...
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