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Viola McCoy

A classic feminine blues singer who performed and documented from the first ’20s to the past due ’30s, Viola McCoy was created in either Mississippi or Tennessee (accounts vary), moving to NEW YORK in the first ’20s, where she was energetic in revues and cabarets. Her documenting profession lasted from 1923 to 1929, and she cut edges for the Vocalion, Columbia, and Gennett imprints, although she also monitored for an ideal, Pathe, Guardsman, Oriole, Domino, Range, Cameo, and Lincoln brands under numerous pseudonyms, including Amanda Brown (regarded as her delivery name), Gladys White colored, Fannie Johnson, Susan Williams, Daisy Cliff, Clara White colored, and Bessie Williams. For a while McCoy possessed and managed a nightclub in Saratoga, NY before departing the entertainment business and settling in Albany, NY in 1938, where she passed on some twenty years later.

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