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Sippie Wallace


A classic feminine blues singer from your ’20s, Wallace held performing and recording until her loss of life. She was a significant influence on a Bonnie Raitt, who documented many of Wallace’s tunes and performed live with her. The child of the Baptist deacon, Sippie Wallace (given birth to Beulah Thomas) was created and elevated in Houston. As a kid, she sang and performed piano in chapel. Before she is at her teenagers, she began carrying out with her sibling, pianist Hersal Thomas. By enough time she is at her midteens, she experienced remaining Houston to pursue a musical profession, singing in several tent displays and earning an ardent group of fans. In 1915, she relocated to New Orleans with Hersal. 2 yrs later, she wedded Matt Wallace. In 1923, Sippie, Hersal, and their old brother George relocated to Chicago, where Sippie became area of the city’s jazz picture. By the finish of the entire year, she experienced earned a agreement with OKeh Information. Her initial two tracks for the label, “Shorty George” and “Up the united states Blues,” had been strikes, and Sippie shortly became a superstar. Through the entire ’20s, she created some singles which were nearly all strikes. Wallace’s OKeh recordings highlighted several celebrated jazz music artists, including Louis Armstrong, Eddie Heywood, Ruler Oliver, and Clarence Williams; both Hersal and George Thomas performed on Sippie’s information as well, furthermore to helping her at concerts. Between 1923 and 1927, she documented over 40 tracks for OKeh. Lots of the tracks which were Wallace originals or co-written by Sippie and her brothers. In 1926, Hersal Thomas passed away of meals poisoning, but Sippie Wallace continuing to execute and record. Within a couple of years, however, she ceased performing frequently. After her agreement with OKeh was completed in the past due ’20s, she shifted to Detroit in 1929. In the first ’30s, Wallace halted recording, only carrying out the casual gig. In 1936, both George Thomas and her spouse Matt passed away. Following their fatalities, Sippie became a member of the Leland Baptist Chapel in Detroit, where she was an organist and vocalist; she remained with the chapel for another 40 years. Between 1936 and 1966, Wallace was inactive around the blues picture — she just performed a small number of concerts and slice a few information. In 1966, she was lured from pension by her friend Victoria Spivey, who persuaded Sippie to become listed on the flourishing blues and folk event circuit. Wallace not merely became a member of the circuit, she started recording once again. Her first fresh recording was a assortment of duets with Spivey, properly entitled Sippie Wallace & Victoria Spivey, that was documented in 1966; the recording wasn’t released until 1970. Also in 1966, Wallace documented Sippie Wallace Sings the Blues for Storyville, which presented support from music artists like Little Sibling Montgomery and Roosevelt Sykes. The recording was very popular, as had been Sippie’s festival shows. In 1970, Sippie Wallace experienced a heart stroke, but she could continue documenting and performing, but not as much as she experienced before. In 1982, Bonnie Raitt — who experienced long stated Sippie as a significant impact — helped Wallace property a agreement with Atlantic Information. Raitt created the resulting record, Sippie, that was released in 1983. Sippie gained the W.C. Handy Prize for greatest blues record of the entire year and was nominated for the Grammy. The record ended up being Sippie Wallace’s last documenting — she passed away in 1986, when she was 88 yrs . old.

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Full Name Sippie Wallace
Died November 1, 1986, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Profession Singer, Songwriter, Organist
Nationality American
Spouse Matt Wallace
Siblings Hersal Thomas, George Washington Thomas
Music Songs Women Be Wise, I'm a Mighty Tight Woman, A Man That Don't Want Me, Devil Dance Blues, Bedroom Blues, Murder Gonna Be My Crime, Suitcase Blues, You Gonna Need My Help, Up the Country Blues, Have You Ever Been Down, Advice Blues, Dead Drunk Blues, Shorty George Blues, You Got To Know How, Trouble Everywhere I Roam, Morning Dove Blues, The Flood Blues, The Mail Train Blues, Mama's Gone, Goodbye, A Man For Every Day in the Week, Buzz Me, Walkin Talkin' Blues, Parlor Social de Luxe, Off and On Blues, Caldonia Blues, Special Delivery Blues, Shake It to a Jelly, Everybody Loves My Baby, I'm So Glad I'm a Brownskin, Say It Isn't So, The Man I Love, A Jealous Woman Like Me
Albums An Evening With Sippie Wallace, Sippie Wallace Vol. 1 (1923-1925), Sippie, Back Water Blues, Blues Legend, Legend Series Presents Golden Greats - Albert Ammons and His Rhythm Kings, Women Be Wise, Trouble Everywhere I Roam, Trouble Everywhere, ABC Of The Blues, Vol. 48, Complete Recorded Works, Volume 1 (1923 - 1925), Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order, Volume 2: 1925-1945, Feel Good, Masterpieces Presents Sippie Wallace: 10 Greatest Blues Hits

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1 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 865-866. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
2 Blues singer, songwriter.



Bessie 2015 TV Movie performer: "I'm a Mighty Tight Woman" / writer: "I'm a Mighty Tight Woman"
The Reaping 2007 performer: "Have You Ever Been Down"
Evening of AnExchange 1972 TV Movie writer: "Woman Be Wise Don't Advertise Your Man"



Sippie 1983 Documentary short
Jammin' with the Blues Greats 1982 Video documentary Herself
Late Night with David Letterman 1982 TV Series Herself
Nothing But the Blues: Blues Scene 1967 TV Movie Herself
Nothing But the Blues 1966 TV Movie Herself

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