early 20th Century

from His Eye Is On the Sparrow, pages 177-178:

Everywhere we played the people seemed to like my singing, and the style was brand new to them. But I was so accustomed to the Fourth of July type of reception I'd always got from colored audiences that it took a long time to convince me I was getting over. I began, though, to draw colored patrons into the balcony. And when those good folks upstairs heard authentic blues sung on a white stage for the first time they went mad with joy. I opened up in my gingham apron for "Georgia Blues," did a smart eccentric dance, then a comedy routine with Earl to build up for my comedy number, "Mama…   more >>
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Charles Samuels and Ethel Waters, His Eye Is On the Sparrow (1950), p. 177-178. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1430308315776 accessed: 18 May, 2022

Listening to

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Georgia Blues performed by Ethel Waters
Mama Goes Where Papa Goes performed by Ethel Waters
My Man performed by Ethel Waters

Experience Information

Date/Time early 20th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by Gill on Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:51:55 +0100
Approved on Fri, 25 Sep 2015 20:42:29 +0100