Personalities | Victoria Spivey | Twenties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, piano, 1906–76)

Houston native Victoria Spivey cut her first sides for OKeh in 1926 and she was soon one of the most popular artists of the ‘classic blues’ era. An eloquent lyricist alongside her vocal gifts, Spivey worked steadily into the 1940s; in 1962 she emerged from retirement as the head of blues label Spivey Records, on which she recorded herself and other ‘rediscovered’ blues artists (along with a guest appearance by a youthful Bob Dylan). She continued to record and perform, based in New York City, until her death.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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