Ida Cox

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Ida Cox (born February 25, 1896 as Ida Prather in Toccoa , Georgia , † November 10, 1967 in Knoxville , Tennessee ) was an American blues and jazz singer .

Cox started out as a performer and singer on minstrel shows , then switched to vaudeville and was the star of the Theater Owners Booking Association in the early 1920s . She popularized macabre tracks with catchy names (Monkey Man Blues, Death Letter Blues , Graveyard Bound Blues) , but also claimed Wild Woman Don't Have the Blues. Between 1923 and 1929, Cox recorded regularly for Paramount (including with Lovie Austin's Blues Serenaders and Fletcher Henderson's band ). From 1927 she was accompanied by Jesse Crump , whom she later married.

In 1939 she took John Hammond to New York to perform at Cafe Society , make radio shows and record Hot Lips Page . The climax of this marketing strategy was her appearance in Hammond's epoch-making Spirituals-to-Swing concert on December 24, 1939. She then toured with two successful shows ("Raising Cain!", "Darktown Scandals") until she suffered a stroke in 1944 . This is not to be seen on her last record, recorded in 1961 with the quintet by Coleman Hawkins , to which Roy Eldridge and Milt Hinton belonged. Cox has also recorded with Charlie Christian , Lionel Hampton , JC Higginbotham , Jelly Roll Morton , Elmer Chambers and Tommy Ladnier .


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