Valaida Snow

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Valaida Snow

Born June 2, 1904 Chattanooga, TN

Died May May 30, 1956 New York City

Queen of the Trumpet, Little Louis, Jazz, Swing, Big Band, Trumpet, Vocals, Vaudeville, Dance, Cello, Bass, Banjo, Violin, Mandolin, Harp, Accordion, Clarinet, Saxophone

Briefly performed with the Washboard Rhythm Kings, though it may have been her sister and the name got changed.


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Valaida Snow in literature

Valaida Snow appears as a fictional character who threw herself on top of the protagonist when he was a child to shield him from a beating at the hands of the Nazis in a concentration camp. Snow is depicted as a strong, generous woman who proudly recalls that “They beat me, and fucked me in every hole I had. I was their whore. Their maid. A stool they stood on when they wanted to reach a little higher. But I never sang in their cage, Bobby. Not one note” (p. 28).
A novel based on Valaida Snow’s life story.
Allen Talks about her novel-
  • Mark Miller (2007). High Hat, Trumpet and Rhythm: The Life and Music of Valaida Snow. Toronto: The Mercury Press. ISBN 978-1-55128-127-8.
Biography. Both the Allen and Miller books contradict the assertion that Snow was held by the Nazis and instead place her in Danish custody at a Copenhagen prison.
Inspired by Valaida’s life, but it is more fictitious than strictly biographical.

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In Shanghai Dancing World:


Cool Mojito:

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Night Club Scene in Pieges- My Sweetheart 1939:

Patience and Fortitude Soundie 1946:

If You Only Knew Soundie 1946:

MIni Doc, or Valaida segment of longer doc, 1980’s:



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Maybe I’m to Blame 1933:

Poor Butterfly 1933:

I Cant Dance, Ants in My Pants 1935:

It Had to Be You 1935:

Imagination 1935:

Sing, You Sinners 1935:

You Let Me Down 1936:

It Had to be You 1935:

Singing in the Rain 1935:

I Wish That I Were Twins 1934?:

I Want A Lot of Love 1936:

Until the Real Thing Comes Along 1935:

Take Care of You For Me 1936:

I Must Have that Man 1936:

The Mood I’m In 1937:

Lovable and Sweet 1938?:

Some of These Days 1938?:

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My Heart Belongs to Daddy 1939:

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Caravan 1939:

St. Louis Blues 1940:

You’re Driving Me Crazy 1940:

I Can’t Give You Anything But Love 1940:

Fool that I Am 1945:

Tell Me How Long This Train’s Been Gone 1951?:

I Ain’t Gonna Tell 1952?:

Lovie Austin


Lovie Austin

Born: Cora Calhoun September 19, 1887 Chattanooga, TN

Died:July 10, 1972, Chicago IL

Piano, Blues Piano, Jazz, Blues, Classic Blues, Vaudville, Bandleader, Composer, Arranger, Tennessee, Chicago, 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s

Piano, Blues Piano, Jazz, Blues, Classic Blues, Bandleader, Composer, Arranger, Tennessee, Chicago, 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s


Year Title Genre Label
1994 1924-1926 Jazz blues Classic
1961 Alberta Hunter with Lovie Austin’s Blues Serenaders Jazz Allegro Corporation

Selected discography

  • (With Alberta Hunter) “Down Hearted Blues,” 1922.
  • (With Alberta Hunter) “Chirping the Blues,” 1923.
  • (With Ida Cox) “Any Woman’s Blues,” 1923.
  • (With Ida Cox) “Bama Bound Blues,” 1923.
  • (With Ida Cox) “Bleeding Hearted Blues,” 1923.
  • (With Edmonia Henderson and Blues Serenaders) “Brown Skin Man,” Paramount, 1923.
  • (With Ma Rainey and Blues Serenaders) “Bo-Weevil Blues,” Paramount, 1923.
  • (With Ida Cox and Blues Serenaders) “Blues Ain’t Nothin’ Else But!,” Paramount, 1924.
  • (With Ida Cox and Blues Serenaders) “Cherry Pickin’ Blues,” Paramount, 1924.
  • (With Ethel Waters and Blues Serenaders) “Craving Blues,” Paramount, 1924.
  • (With Ma Rainey and Blues Serenaders) “Ya-Da-Do,” Paramount, 1924.
  • (With Blues Serenaders) “Steppin’ on the Blues,” Paramount, rec. 1924.
  • (With Blues Serenaders) “Charleston Mad,” Paramount, 1925.
  • (With Blues Serenaders) “Chicago Mess Around,” Paramount, 1926.
  • (With Blues Serenaders) “Jackass Blues,” Paramount, 1926.
  • (With Blues Serenaders) “Merrie Maker’s Twine,” Paramount, 1926.
  • (With Chippie Hill and Blues Serenaders) “Charleston Blues,” Riverside, 1946.
  • (With Alberta Hunter and Blues Serenaders) Alberta Hunter with Lovie Austin and her Blues Serenaders, Prestige, 1962.
  • The Chronological Lovie Austin 1924-1926, Melodie Jazz Classic, 1998.


Honking Duck:

Recorded With:

Ma Rainey, Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters, Priscilla Stewart, Viola Bartlett, J Churchill, Julia Davis, Edmonia Henderson, Edna Hicks, Hattie McDaniel, Ozie McPherson, Ford and Ford


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Graveyard Dream 1923: Ida Cox vocals:

Moanin Groanin Blues 1923: Ida Cox vocal:

Maybe Someday 1923: Alberta Hunter vocals:

EXperience Blues 1923: Alberta Hunter Vocals:

Any Woman’s Blues 1923: Ida Cox vocals:

Last Minute Blues 1923: Ma Rainey Vocals:

Barrel House Blues 1923: Ma Rainey Vocals:

Lawdy, Lawdy Blues 1923: Ida Cox Vocals:

I’ve Got the Blues For Rampart Street 1923: Ida Cox vocals:

Worried Mama Blues 1923: Ida Cox vocals:

Bad Luck Blues 1923: Ma Rainey Vocals:

Those All Night Long Blues 1923: Ma Rainey Vocals:

Moonshine Blues 1923: Ma Rainey Vocals:

Mad Man Blues 1923: J.Churchill vocals:

Last Minute Blues 1923: Ma Rainey Vocals:

Southern Blues 1923: Ma Rainey Vocals:

Walking Blues 1923: Ma Rainey Vocals:

So Soon This Morning 1923: Ida Cox vocals:

Bear-Mash Blues 1923: Ida Cox Vocals:

Bo-Weavil Blues 1923: Ma Rainey Vocals:

Brown Skin Man 1924: Edmonia Henderson vocals:

Charleston Mad 1924: Priscilla Stewart vocals:

Lost Wandering Blues 1924: Ma Rainey Vocals:

Honey, Where You Been So Long 1924: Ma Rainey Vocals:

Ya-Do-Da 1924: Ma Rainey Vocals:

Dream Blues 1924: Ma Rainey Vocals:

Those Dogs Of Mine 1924: Ma Rainey Vocals:

Lucky Rock Blues 1924: Ma Rainey Vocals:

South Bound Blues 1924: Ma Rainey Vocals:

Lawd Send Me a Man Blues 1924: Ma Rainey Vocals:

Ma Rainey’s Mystery Record 1924: Ma Rainey Vocals:

Black Hand Blues 1924: Julia Davis vocals:

Jelly Roll Blues 1924: Edmonia Henderson vocals:

Blues Ain’t Nothin’ But 1924: Ida Cox Vocals:

Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues 1924: Ida Cox vocals:

Steppin on the Blues 1924:

Heebie Jeebies 1925:

Peepin Blues 1925:

Kentucky Man Blues 1924: Ida Cox vocals:

Booze and Blues 1924: Ma Rainey Vocals:

Shave em Dry Blues 1924: Ma Rainey Vocals:

Farewell Daffy Blues 1924: Ma Rainey Vocals:

Traveling Blues 1924: Edmonia Henderson vocals:

Skeeg-a-Lee Blues 1924: Ford and Ford Vocals:

Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues 1924: Ida Cox vocals:

Tennessee Blues 1925: Viola Bartlette Vocals:

Mojo Blues 1925:

Rampart Street Blues 1925:

Too Sweet for Words 1925:

Don’t Shake it No More 1925:

Black Crepe Blues 1925: Ida Cox vocals:

Coffin Blues 1925: Ida Cox vocals:

One Time Woman Blues 1925: Ida Cox vocals:

Walk Easy Cause My Papa’s Here 1926: Viola Bartlette vocals:

Jackass Blues 1926:

Frog Tongue Stomp 1926:

Chicago Mess Around 1926:

In the Alley Blues 1926:

Merry Makers Twine 1926:

Dentist Chair Blues 1 and 2 1929: Hattie McDainel vocals:

St. Louis Blues 1962: Alberta Hunter Vocals: