Ma Rainey Quotes

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Ma Rainey
Background information
Birth name Gertrude Pridgett
Born 1882 or (1886-04-26)April 26, 1886
Russell County, Alabama or Columbus, Georgia, U.S.
Died December 22, 1939 (aged 53)
Rome, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Blues
Occupation(s) Vocalist
Years active 1899–1933
Labels Paramount
Associated acts

Rainey and Rainey
Assassinators of the Blues
Rabbit Foot Minstrels
Bessie Smith
Louis Armstrong

They hear it come out, but they don't know how it got there. They don't understand that's life's way of talking. You don't sing to feel better. You sing 'cause that's a way of understanding life.
Ma Rainey
White folks hear the blues come out, but they don't know how it got there.
Ma Rainey