Ma Rainey: The Queen of the Blues

Introduction Ma Rainey, known as the ‘Queen of the Blues,’ stands as a pioneering figure in the world of music. This African American blues singer was not only an early professional blues artist but also one of the first to record her music. Born as Gertrude Pridgett in 1886 in Columbus, Georgia, Ma Rainey’s distinctive … Read more

Ma Rainey: The Queen of Blues and a Trailblazer

Introduction Ma Rainey, known as the Queen of Blues, was a pioneer in the world of music. Born Gertrude Pridgett on April 26, 1886, in Columbus, Georgia, Ma Rainey’s powerful voice and charismatic stage presence made her one of the most influential blues artists of her time. Early Career Ma Rainey began her career as … Read more