Lucille Bogan: An Original MisBehaved Woman

Lucille Bogan (April 1, 1897 – August 10, 1948)

Lucille was an American blues singer, among the first to be recorded. She also recorded under the pseudonym Bessie Jackson. The music critic and sexologist Ernest Borneman stated that Bogan, along with Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, was in “the big three of the blues”.

She first recorded vaudeville songs for Okeh Records in New York in 1923, with pianist Henry Callens. Later that year she recorded “Pawn Shop Blues” in Atlanta, Georgia, which was the first time a black blues singer had been recorded outside New York or Chicago. In 1927 she began recording for Paramount Records in Grafton, Wisconsin, where she recorded her first big success, “Sweet Petunia”, which was covered by Blind Blake. She also recorded for Brunswick Records, backed by Tampa Red and Cow Cow Davenport.

By 1930 her recordings had begun to concentrate on drinking and sex, with songs such as “Sloppy Drunk Blues” (covered by Leroy Carr and others) and “Tricks Ain’t Walkin’ No More” (later recorded by Memphis Minnie). She also recorded the original version of “Black Angel Blues“, which (as “Sweet Little Angel”) was covered by B.B. King and many others. Trained in the rowdier juke joints of the 1920s, many of Bogan’s songs, most of which she wrote herself, have thinly-veiled humorous sexual references. The theme of prostitution, in particular, featured prominently in several of her recordings.

In 1933 she returned to New York, and, apparently to conceal her identity, began recording as Bessie Jackson for the Banner (ARC) label. She was usually accompanied on piano by Walter Roland, with whom she recorded over 100 songs between 1933 and 1935, including some of her biggest commercial successes including “Seaboard Blues”, “Troubled Mind”, and “Superstitious Blues”

Her other songs included “Stew Meat Blues”, “Coffee Grindin’ Blues”, “My Georgia Grind”, “Honeycomb Man”, “Mr. Screw Worm In Trouble”, and “Bo Hog Blues”. Her final recordings with Roland and Josh White included two takes of “Shave ‘Em Dry”, recorded in New York on Tuesday March 5, 1935. The unexpurgated alternate take is notorious for its explicit sexual references, a unique record of the lyrics sung in after-hours adult clubs. Another of her songs, “B.D. Woman’s Blues”, takes the position of a “bull dyke” (“B.D.”), with the line “Comin’ a time, B.D. women, they ain’t gonna need no men” “They got a head like a sweet angel and they walk just like a natural man.” “They can lay their jive just like a natural man.”

She appears not to have recorded after 1935, and spent some time managing her son’s jazz group, Bogan’s Birmingham Busters, before moving to Los Angeles shortly before her death from coronary sclerosisin 1948.

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Originally posted on A Daily Thought:

It was well recognized that Martha Raye endured less comfort and more danger than any other Vietnam entertainer.

The most unforgivable oversight of TV is that her shows were not taped.

I was unaware of her credentials or where she is buried.
Somehow I just can’t see Brittany Spears, Paris Hilton, or Jessica Simpson doing what this woman (and the other USO women, including Ann Margaret & Joey Heatherton) did for our troops in past wars.
Most of the old time entertainers were made of a lot sterner stuff than today’s crop of bland activists and whiners.
The following is from an Army Aviator who takes a trip down memory lane:
“It was just before Thanksgiving ’67 and we were ferrying dead and wounded from a large GRF west of Pleiku. We had run out of body bags by noon, so the Hook (CH-47 CHINOOK) was pretty…

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“Rank, she observes, helped her move…

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I cannot believe such a thing is still being done…or maybe I just prefer NOT to believe this is really the world we live in… :-(

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  • 1 innocent, sentient, living being ~ A bear
  • 1 narrow, upright, steel enforced cage (large enough to fit a bear)
  • 1 steel plate with ports for electrical wiring
  • 1 electrical heating system
  • 1 music output system
  • Circus music recording of choice


  • Remove a bear from his natural environment (by any means neccessary)
  • Force bear into steel enforced cage with little room to move except to stand upright
  • Initiate electrical current to steel floor at a temperature that will inflict adequate pain to paw pads
  • As the being begins to suffer from the pain, begin music and initiate spoken commands
  • Immediately the living being will begin to alternate feet for releif from the burns
  • The alternation of movement from paw-to-paw will simulate a human-like dancing movement
  • Alternate reducing and raising heat until desired motion is executed upon demand

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