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Independent Women's Blues, Vol. 4: Sweet Petunias

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There is a wide variety of vocals on this Rosetta LP which, with one exception (O'Neil Spencer's "Sweet Patootie" with Sidney Bechet), features female singers. Such fine vocalists as June Richmond, Annisteen Allen, Mary Dixon, Etta Jones ("The Richest Guy In The Graveyard"), Monette Moore, Mae West, Stella Johnson, Ella Johnson, Bea Foote, Chippie Hill, Victoria Spivey, the Bandanna Girls, Betty Hall Jones, Helen Humes and Big Mama Thornton perform one song apiece. Most of the recordings are rare and this appealing set, Vol. 4 of Rosetta's Independent Women's Blues series, is easily recommended.