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6366Re: Martha Copeland

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  • Tommer
    Sep 22 11:01 AM
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      --- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com, "Prof_Hi_Jinx" <prof_hi_jinx@...>
      > Sure enough, the 1930 Census has a Martha Copeland, black, widow,
      > in Pittsburgh (no stated occupation), born in Ohio, as was her
      > But that Martha is aged 62, suggesting a birth date around 1868,
      which seems
      > way too early for a vaudeville blues singer.
      > Admittedly, she was billed by Columbia as "Everybody's Mammy",
      suggested an
      > older woman - but that old?
      > Bob

      There is a file that was uploaded at the blues prewar list that might
      be of interest to this discussion. The file that seems to be not
      earlier than 1927, anyway awaring what is considered to be Martha's
      1927 recordings, and it talks about Copeland helping the needy and
      especially children, hence perhaps the "Everybody's Mammy" as she was
      billed by columbia.
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