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 Gertrude “Ma” Rainey

Gertrude “Ma” Rainey

Birth
Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, USA
Death 22 Dec 1939 (aged 53)
Rome, Floyd County, Georgia, USA
Burial Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 2477 · View Source
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Blues Singer. The "Mother of the Blues" first appeared on stage in 1900. In 1902 she married song and dance man William Pa Rainey. She was then know as Ma even though the marriage did not last. Her band included jazz stars Louis Armstrong, Thomas Dorsey and Coleman Hawkins. Between 1923 and 1928 she recorded more than 100 songs for Paramount. She helped mentor the career of Bessie Smith. The Great Depression ended her career as her fan base lost their ability to buy her records. She retired back to Columbus and died of a heart attack. She was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Bio by: Paul G. Healy


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2477
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gertrude “Ma” Rainey (26 Apr 1886–22 Dec 1939), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2477, citing Porterdale Cemetery, Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .