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MA RAINEY (1886-1939), | sang about using black cat bones to cast out all other women in her life that were chasing after her man: (lyric excerpt) "The hoodoo told me to get me a black cat bone The hoodoo told me to get me a black cat bone And shake it over their heads, they’ll leave your man alone."

Hailing from Columbus, Georgia, the woman who became the “Mother of the Blues” was born Gertrude Pridgett on April 26, 1886

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Ma Rainey (blues singer)

“Ma” Rainey (born Gertrude Malissa Nix Pridgett; c. April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939) was one of the earliest known American professional blues singers and one of the first generation of such singers to record. She was billed as The Mother of the Blues. She began performing as a young teenager (between the ages...Read More »

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Ma Rainey (April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939) was one of the earliest known American professional blues singers and one of the first generation of such singers to record. She was billed as The Mother of the Blues. She began performing at the age of 12 or 14, and recorded under the name Ma Rainey. Ma Rainey made over 100 recordings. Some of them include, Bo-weevil Blues (1923), Moonshine Blues (1923), See See Rider (1924), Black Bottom (1927), and Soon This Morning (1927).