from Ragged but right / Lynn Abbott, page 40:

The Black Patti Troubadours' most prominent female ragtime specialist was Mattie Phillips... still in her teens when she joined the show in 1897. One critic immediately noticed, "she sings her 'coon' melodies in such a painstaking manner that she never fails to bring forth a hearty recall". In the spring of 1898 a reporter enthused that "her fancy steps in the first act, when she sings 'Mr. Johnson, Turn Me Loose,' set the audience wild, and her idea of the poetry of motion in the cake walk is wonderful to behold".

cite as

Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff (ed.), Ragged but right / Lynn Abbott (Jackson, 2007), p. 40. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1447091031722 accessed: 20 June, 2024

Listening to

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Mr. Johnson, Turn Me Loose performed by Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones

Experience Information

Date/Time 1898
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by acusworth on Mon, 09 Nov 2015 17:43:52 +0000
Approved on Mon, 31 Oct 2016 15:26:44 +0000