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Ma Rainey

  • Went out last night / With a crowd of my friends / They must have been women / 'Cause I don't like no men ...

    • Ma Rainey,
    • song, "Prove It On Me Blues" ()
  • A tune's like a staircase — walk up on it.

    • Ma Rainey,
    • in Studs Terkel, Giants of Jazz ()
  • [Advice to Bessie Smith:] Let your soul do the singin'.

    • Ma Rainey,
    • in Studs Terkel, Giants of Jazz ()
  • I can't tell my future, so I'm going to tell my past.

    • Ma Rainey,
    • "Last Minute Blues," in Will Friedwalk, Jazz Singing ()

Ma Rainey, U.S. blues singer

(1886 - 1939)

Full name: Gertrude Pridgett Rainey.