Mildred Bailey

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Mildred Bailey

Born: Mildred Rinker February 27, 1907 (or 1900) in Tekoa, Washington

Died: December 12, 1951 Poughkeepsie, New York

Jazz, Jazz Singer, Jazz Vocals, Big Band, Swing

20’s, 30’s, 40’s

Mrs. Swing, The Rockin’ Chair Lady, Queen of Swing


Hit singles

(Vocalion releases only)

Year Single US Cat. No.
1936 For Sentimental Reasons 18 3367
More Than You Know 15 3378
1937 Trust in Me(A-side) 4 3449
“My Last Affair” (B-side) 10 3449
Where Are You? 5 3456
“Never in a Million Years” 8 3508
Rockin’ Chair 13 3553
“It’s the Natural Thing to Do” 14 3626
“Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)” 14 3712
Right or Wrong 19 3758
1938 Thanks for the Memory 11 3931
“Don’t Be That Way” 9 4016
I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart 8 4083
Small Fry 9 4224
“So Help Me” 2 4253
My Reverie 10 4408
1939 “Blame It On My Last Affair” 13 4632
“Moon Love” 14 4939

Notable recordings

The following are some of Bailey’s most well-known swing recordings

Jazz Online:

Music Stacks:

Log of Milded’s CBS Radio Show – Music Till Midnight 1944:



Music Tonic:


Shelf 3D: Red Norvo – Love Is Here To Stay (Mildred Bailey, vocal)

Meta Cafe:

OV Guide:

You Repeat:


Mildred Section of the Encyclopedia of Native Music: bailey&f=false

Mildred Section in Teddy Wilson Talks Jazz: bailey&f=false

Milded Section in Weather Bird: bailey&f=false



All Music:




Native American Encyclopedia:


Music Brainz:


History Link:


All About Jazz:



Music Nectar:

Jazz Music Archives:


Musician Guide:

Around the Web:

Jazz Lives:

Shiraz Socialist:

Feminine Writings:

Virtual Victrola:

Taralinda Muses:

Planet Barbarella:

Women in Music:

Classic Ladies of Color:

Relative Esoterica:

Mildred Bailey at the Blue Angel:

Pancoco Jams:

Running Gamak:

Still a Brooklyn Kid:

My Vintage Kosher Kitchen:

Orange Crate Art:

The Judy Garland Experience:

On This Day in Jazz:

Good Ole Woody:


The Thought Criminal:

Jazz Times:

Huckleberries Online:

Bixography Forum:

National Congress of American Indians:

Newspaper Rock:

Mosaic Records:

Bing Crosby Music Archives:

Bing Crosby Theater:

US Stamp Gallery:

1938 Herald Journal Article:,5615229

1940 NYT Article:

1943 NYT Article:

1944 NYT Ads:

1946 NYT Ad:

1950 NYT Article:

1951 NYT Obituary:

1962 NYT Article:

2001 NYT Article:

2001 NPR Article:

2001 Courant Article:

2011 Inlander Article:

2012 Wenatchee World Article:

2014 CDA Press Article:


Guides Home:


Pinterest: bailey

My Space:

Find A Grave:


Internet Archive: bailey AND collection%3Aaudio_music

Mix Cloud:

Music VF:



Old Time Radio Podcast:

What Kind of Man is You 1929:

I Like to Do Things For You 1930:

All of Me 1931:

Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams 1931:

Georgia 1931:

We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye 1931:

Too Late 1931:

He’s Not Worth Your Tears 1931:

Blues in My Heart 1931:

Home 1931:

Lies 1931:

Rockin’ Chair 1932 and 1937:

I’ll Never Be the Same 1932:

Sleepy Time Down South 1932:

Dear Old Mother Dixie 1932:

Strangers 1932:

Love Me Tonight 1932:

Dance Selections from Hot-Cha 1932:

Stop the Sun, Stop the Moon 1932:

Heat Wave 1933:

Doin’ The Uptown Lowdown 1933:

Shouting in That Amen Corner 1933:

Lazy Bones 1933:

There’s a Cabin in the Pines 1933:

But I Can’t Make A Man 1933:

Emaline 1934:

Junk Man 1934:

Ol’ Pappy 1934:

Someday Sweetheart 1935:

Squeeze Me 1935:

When Day is Done 1935:

Downhearted Blues 1935:


Willow Tree 1935:

Honeysuckle Rose 1935:

Harry Richmond Radio Show 1936:

Picture Me Without You 1936:

More Than You Know 1937:

Just a Stone’s Throw From Heaven 1937:

I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm 1937:

Smoke Dreams 1937:

There’s a Lull in My Life 1937:

The Moon Got in My Eyes 1937:

Where Are You? 1937:

The Morning After 1937:

It’s the Natural Thing to Do 1937:

Bob White 1937:

A Cigarette and a Silhouette 1938:

Lover Come Back To Me 1938:

As Long As You Live 1938:

After Dinner Speech 1938:

Says My Heart 1938:

I Can’t Face the Music Without Singing the Blues 1938:

I Go For That 1938:

My Melancholy Baby 1938:

Love is Here to Stay 1938:

I Used to Be Color-Blind 1938:

What Have You Got That Gets Me 1938:

If You Were in My Place 1938:

Small Fry 1938:

Have You Forgotten So Soon 1938:

Old Folks 1938:

Blame it on My Last Affair 1938:

I See Your Face Before Me 1938:

Bewildered 1938:

The Weekend of the Private Secretary 1938:

Rock it For Me 1938:

Thanks for the Memories 1938:

Don’t Be That Way 1938:

Wigwammin” 1938:

At Your Beck and Call 1938:

So Help Me 1938:

Thanks for the Memory 1938:

Please Be Kind 1938:

They’ll Be Some Changes Made 1939 w Mary Lou Williams on Piano:

Barrelhouse Music 1939 w Mary Lou Williams on Piano:

Arkansas Blues 1939 w Mary Lou Williams:

You Don’t Know My Mind 1939 w Mary Lou Williams on Piano:

The Little Man that Wasn’t There 1939:

Don’t Dally With the Devil 1939:

Tit Willow 1939:

Darn That Dream 1939:

Make With the Kisses 1939:

I See Your Fave Before Me, The Lamp is Low 1939:

I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You 1939:

It’s Slumbertime in the Swanee 1939:

Prisoner of Love 1939 w Mary Lou Williams on Piano:

Moon Love 1939:

Three Little Fishes 1939:

I Thought About You 1939:

St. Louis Blues 1939:

Blue Rain 1939:

I Shoulda Stood in Bed 1939:

All the Things You Are 1939:

Wham (Re Bop Boom Bam) 1940:

The Complete Columbia Recordings Volume 10 1940-1941:

1. Wham (Re-Bop-Boom-Bam) [Alternate Take]
2. Wham (Re-Bop-Boom-Bam)
3. Little High Chairman
4. Easy to Love
5. Give Me Time
6. They Can’t Take That Away from Me
7. A Bee Gezindt
8. After All I’ve Been to You
9. Don’t Take Your Love from Me [Alternate Take][#]
10. Don’t Take Your Love from Me
11. Fools Rush In
12. From Another World
13. I’m Nobody’s Baby
14. Give Me Time
15. How Can I Ever Be Alone?
16. Tennessee Fish Fry
17. I’ll Pray for You
18. Blue (And Broken Hearted)
19. Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry [Alternate Take]
20. Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry
21. I’ll Be Around [Alternate Take][#]
22. I’ll Be Around
23. My Little Cousin

So Peaceful in the Country 1941:

I’m Afraid of Myself 1941:

Everything Depends on You 1941:

All Too Soon 1941:

Georgia on My Mind 1941:

Carolina Moon 1943:

Evelina 1944:

1944 Radio Show:

Scrap Your Fat 1943:

Jump Jump’s Here 1944:

Me and the Blues 1946:

Cry,Cry, Cry 1950:

Dixieland Clambake 1951:

Hazel Scott

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Hazel Scott

Born: Hazel Dorothy Scott – June 11, 1920 Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Died: October 2, 1981 New York

Jazz Piano and Vocals, Classical, Boogie Woogie, Swing, Bop, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s New York, Paris


Survey of Women in Jazz:


Great Scott

‎ (10″, Album)

Columbia 1950

Relaxed Piano Moods

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Debut Records 1955


‎ (LP)

Image Records 1979

Hazel Scott’s Late Show

‎ (10″, Album)

Capitol Records Unknown

Earl HinesHazel ScottMatt DennisBarkley AllenEddie Heywood – Piano Greats ‎ (LP)

Guest Star Unknown

Singles & EPs

Embraceable You

‎ (Shellac, 10″)

Decca 1947

Hazel’s Boogie Woogie

‎ ◄ (2 versions)

Decca Unknown

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 In “C” Sharp Minor / Valse In “D” Flat Major

‎ (Shellac, 10″)

Decca Unknown

Dark Eyes / Hallelujah!

‎ (Shellac, 10″)

Decca Unknown

Prelude In “C” Sharp Minor / Country Gardens

‎ (Shellac, 10″)

Decca Unknown

Ritual Fire Dance / Two Part Invention In “A” Minor

‎ (Shellac, 10″)

Decca Unknown

The Man I Love / Fascinating Rhythm

‎ (Shellac, 10″)

Decca Unknown


Hazel ScottMary Lou WilliamsDorothy DoneganCleo BrownAnn Jenkins (2) – The Feminine Touch ‎ (2×7″, Comp, EP)

Decca 1953

Hazel ScottMary Lou WilliamsDorothy DoneganCleo BrownAnn Jenkins (2) – The Feminine Touch ‎ (10″, Comp)

Decca 1953



Music Tonic:

Hungarian Rhapsody II, Gonna Be a Great Day, Boogie Woogie Number (Hazel’s Boogie Woogie?) – Army/Navy Screen Magazine #8 – 1942?

Segment From Broadway Rhythm- Waltz in D Flat Major- 1944:

Segment From The Heat is On -The Black Keys and the White Keys, Caisson Number- 1944:

Segment From Rhapsody in Blue- The Man I Love, I Got Rhythm, Clap Your Hands, Fascinating Rhythm, Yankee Doodle Dandy – 1945:

Segments From I Dood It -Takin A  Chance on Me, Jericho, and first 25 min of movie including One O’Clock Jump (w Lena Horne), just Hazels parts- 1942:

For the March of Dimes- w Charles Mingus and Rudy Nichols -Foggy Day, Autumn Leaves- 1955:

On Night Music – A Foggy Day – w Charles Mingus and Rudy Nichols – 1955:

 Part of,Hazel Scott Segment in Brown Sugar: Eighty Years of Black Female Superstars, Full hour (2 of 4), Hazel Segment 15:00-22:50, Including Interview – PBS 1986:

Clip from Girls in the Band:

Professor McNair on Hazel:


U of Michigan Press:

Chilton, K. (2008). Hazel Scott: The pioneering journey of a jazz pianist from Café Society to Hollywood to HUAC. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Neworld Review:

Jazz Times Book Review:

Good Reads Review:

Hazel’s chapter in African American Actresses –  p.215-243

Hazel Scott Chapter in Hot From Harlem:

Hazel Scott Chapter in Some Liked it Hot:

Hazel Scott chapter in Stranger in the Village:

Hazel in Historical Dictionary of African American Television:

Hazel in Big Ears:

Testimony of Hazel Scott Powell Hearings:




African American Registry:

Black Past:

Women in Jazz:

Journal of African American History Spring 2006:

Carribbean Hall Of Fame:


WNYC Musical Bio:

WQXR Musical Bio:!/story/112430-still-swinging-still-classic-a-musical-biography-of-pioneering-pianist-hazel-scott/

PRX Musical Bio:


All Music:


Music Brainz:

Around the Web:

1942 Time Article:,9171,773793,00.html

1945 Time Article on Hazel refusing to play segregated shows:,9171,778420,00.html

1945 Life Magazine:

1961 Time Article:,9171,872082,00.html


Hazel Scott’s FBI File:

Chilled Air Text:

TV Rage Lists Hazel Scott Show ( I hope the actual shows surface someday):

Roots Rhythm and Rhyme:


The Black Sista’s Page:

Fresh Sounds:


First Lady:

Black Culture:

Celluloid Librarian:

Brown Sugar:

Silenced: Women and the Broadcast Blacklist:

I’ll Keep You Posted:

Greatest Generation:

Madame Noire:

The Horn Section:


The Kojo Nnamdi Show:

Cahl’s Juke Joint:

Jeannie on Jazz:

Classic Movies:




Common Breathe Media:

125th Street:

Gems of Jazz:

I Frame:

UR City:

Q’s Daydream:

Sara Landeau:

Knickerbocker Village:

The Mind:

Diasporic Roots:

See Saw:


NYT Obituary: and All Posters – Ebony Photos:–b709708/hazel-scott-ebony-posters.htm

New York Amsterdam News:



Vodley Movies:


Brainy Quotes:

Poem Hunter – More Quotes:

Communication Currents:

Find A Grave:


Internet Archive:

Amazing Page of Rarities and Outtakes, Mostly Solos:

Valse in D Flat Major Op.64 No. 1 1939:

Country Gardens 1939:

Ritual Fire Dance 1939:

Prelude in C Sharp Minor 1939:

Two Part Invention in A Minor 1939:

Hazel’s Boogie Woogie 1942:

Blues in B Flat 1942:

Hallelujah 1942:

Dark Eyes 1942:

Three Little Words 1942:

Body and Soul 1943:

Fascinating Rhythm 1945:

The Man I Love 1945:

On The Sunny Side of the Street 1946:

Blues in B Flat 1953:

Like Someone to Love 1955:

Piece of Mind 1955:

Lament 1955:

The Jeep is Jumpin 1955:

Git Up From There 1955:

On S’est Aime Si Tendrement 1958:

Ton Pas Dans la Rue 1958: