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Sweet Emma Barrett


Lovely Emma Barrett, who was simply at her most effective in the first ’60s, became a symbolic number using the Preservation Hall Jazz Music group, playing inside a joyous but obviously weakened and past-her-prime design on world trips. Barrett spent the majority of her profession living and playing in New Orleans, including gigs with Oscar “Papa” Celestin within the 1920s and later on with Armand Piron. Lovely Emma, who obtained the nickname of “the bell gal” because she used reddish colored garters with bells that produced noises while she performed, was purely an area number until 1961 when she produced her finest documenting, a Riverside arranged with the near future members from the Preservation Hall Jazz Music group. Ironically, as Barrett (with the group’s well-received trips) became better known, her playing and performing swiftly declined because of her age group, and following a 1967 heart stroke, she continued to execute despite possessing a mainly paralyzed left hands. As well as the suggested Riverside arranged (reissued on Compact disc), Barrett led much less significant classes for GHB (1963-1964), Preservation Hall, Nobility, along with a 1978 recording for Smoky Mary.

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Full Name Sweet Emma Barrett
Died January 28, 1983, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Profession Singer, Bandleader, Jazz Pianist
Nationality American
Music Groups Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Music Songs St. James Infirmary, Bourbon Street Parade, That's It!, A Good Man Is Hard To Find, Tailgate Ramble, Tootie Ma Is a Big Fine Thing, Short Dressed Gal, Eh La Bas, Joe Avery, My Josephine, Basin Street Blues, Santiago, Jelly Roll Blues, Little Liza Jane, I'll Fly Away, Rattlin' Bones, Go To The Mardi Gras, El Manicero, Do Lord, I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of This Jelly Roll, Choko Mo Feel No Hey, La Malanga, So It Is, Tootie Ma, Shake That Thing, None of My Jelly Roll, Whenever You're Lonesome, You Don't Love Me, Sugar Plum, One Hundred Fires, Complicated Life, Dear Lord
Albums Her New Orleans Music, New Orleans Preservation Vol. 1, Sweet Emma and Her Preservation Hall Jazz Band, American Legacies, Preservation Hall Jazz Band Live!, Sweet Emma The Bell Gal And Her New Orleans Jazz Band At Heritage Hall, Sweet Emma Barrett & Her Bell Boys - Mardi Gras 1960 - 'Live', The Bell Gal & Her Dixieland Boys, Best of Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection, Pagan Love Song

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1 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 46-48. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.



Love Is a Funny Thing 1969 En personne / Herself
The Cincinnati Kid 1965 Blues Singer (uncredited)



Love Is a Funny Thing 1969 performer: "Just A Closer Walk With Thee"
Jazz Party 1958 TV Series performer - 1 episode



Jazz Party 1958 TV Series Herself - Pianist

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