Re: Ma Rainey with Louis Armstrong
- Also, in Sandra Lieb's 'Mother of the Blues':
"...drummer Zutty Singleton recalled: around 1914, while appearing at
a tent show at Louisiana Avenue and Howard in New Orleans, she
[Rainey] sang a well-known blues which included the line, 'If you
don't b'lieve I'm sinkin', look what a hole I'm in.'
"Clarinetist Willie Humphries... also recalls her singing this tune."
> In an interview recorded in 1960, Armstrong recalls (of his own
> accord) making "If you don't believe I'm sinking, look what a hole I'm
> in" with Ma Rainey.
> Although he may have misremembered (perhaps thinking of "See See
> Rider"), is matrix number 1928 accounted for? I wonder if this
> represents another variation on traditional verses... The line
> appears in Clarence Williams' 1921 "If You Don't Believe I Love You,
> Look What A Fool I've Been."