Famous Creative Women Quotations from . . .

Alberta Hunter
(1895-1988) born on
Apr 1
US blues singer. She who achieved international fame in the 1930s for her vigorous and rhythmically infectious style.

"Blues means what milk does to a baby. Blues is what the spirit is to the minister. We sing the blues because our hearts have been hurt, our souls have been disturbed."

[The musicians] that didn't know music could play the best blues. I know that I don't want no musicians who know all about music playin' for me.
I've got the world in a jug
The stopper's in my hand.
"I'm having a good time,
Please don't blame me,
I'm knocking myself out
Don't try to tame me
Let me have my fun,
I've got to have my fling,
Some folks say I'm blowing my top
Talk don't mean a thing, . . ."
"I'm not living the blues; I'm just singing for the women who think they can't speak out. Can't a man alive mistreat me, 'cause I know who I am."


Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F:  " "The Devil's Music: A History of the Blues, by Files Oakley, 1977."
R: ""Hear Me Talkin to Ya," by Nat Shapiro and Nat Hentoff, 1955."
A: ""Down Hearted Blues," 1922."
N: "In "The Black Woman's Gumbo Ya-Ya," by Terri L. Jewell, 1993."
K: "c. 1985, In "My Soul Looks Back, 'Less I Forget," by Dorothy Winbush Riley, 1995."

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