Crazy Blues

Album: Crazy Blues (1920)


  • This was written by the songwriter and performer Perry Bradford, who cast Smith in his musical Made In Harlem. The release of "Crazy Blues" marked the first time a black singer appeared on a Blues record. It was a huge success, selling over a million copies and proving that there was a market for black singers. Artists who followed include Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Ma Rainey. >>
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    Bertrand - Paris, France

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  • AnonymousLove this bluesy song! Man, can you believe Perry Bradford wrote a lyric about getting a gun and shooting a cop?! Today is August 8, 2020. this was recorded exactly 100 years ago two days from today! Black Lives Matter! Even back then...

    "I'm gonna do like a Chinaman
    Go and get some hop
    Get myself a gun, and shoot myself a cop
    I ain't had nothin' but bad news
    Now I've got the crazy blues"
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