Various Artists

Female Blues Singers, Vol. 6: E/F/G (1922-1928)

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A wide variety of obscure singers have their entire and brief recording careers reissued on this CD, the sixth of 14 discs in this fascinating series. Included are two songs apiece by Dorothy Everetts, Madam Hurd Fairfax (who was really a semi-opera singer performing spirituals), Georgie Gorham, and Betty Gray, four songs by Miss Frankie (including two numbers in which she is backed by pianist Eubie Blake), three by Hattie Garland, six from Lillian Goodner (these are among the better selections including two numbers that have background work from cornetist Bubber Miley), three by Ruby Gowdy, and a lone performance by Cry Baby Godfrey. Styles range from vaudevillian to low-down blues, and, in general, the rarely-heard performances hold one's interest.

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