in Baltimore - 1917

from His Eye Is On the Sparrow, pages 74-75:

I was so frightened the first time I walked out on stage that Nugent had to hold my arm to prevent me from falling flat on my face. Our entrance was a man-and-wife argument... Acting disgusted, Nugent would say, "I'm going off to my other chick."... "When I see how my man treats me," I'd moan, "I get the St.Louis Blues." Then I would sing "St. Louis Blues," but very softly. It was the first time that kind of Negro audience ever let my kind of low singing get by. And you could have heard a pin drop in that rough, rowdy audience out front. For years they had been used to Bessie …   more >>
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Charles Samuels and Ethel Waters, His Eye Is On the Sparrow (1950), p. 74-75. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1427546072789 accessed: 30 September, 2022

location of experience: Baltimore

Listening to

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St. Louis Blues performed by Ethel Waters

Experience Information

Date/Time 1917
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Gill on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:34:32 +0000