Very little is known of the classic blues belter Bessie Tucker, a product of the folk and field holler vocal traditions of her native East Texas region. A woman whose petite frame belied the earthy power of her voice, her legend is largely founded on a bawdy 1928 Memphis session for the Victor label on which she was accompanied by pianist K.D. Johnson; the date yielded her best-known track, Penitentiary (sung in honor of an institution to which she was reportedly no stranger). A 1929 date followed, at which time Tucker disappeared from performing, apparently for good; no data exists on the later events of her life. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
Bessie Tucker Penitentiary (JAZZ CLASSICS 514) (1928)
Bessie Tucker Fryin' Pan Skillet Blues (1928)
Bessie Tucker Got Cut All To Pieces (1928)
Bessie Tucker Fort Worth and Denver Blues (1928)
Bessie Tucker, Penitentiary
Bessie Tucker Bessie's Moan (JAZZ CLASSICS 514) (1928)
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