Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Kansas Joe and Memphis Minnie (by Amy Crehore)

Here's a small detail of a much larger painting I did in 1993 called "The Story of Memphis Minnie".
These people are Kansas Joe and Memphis Minnie.
They were married at one time and played together.
His real name is Joe McCoy and her name is Lizzie Douglas.
"Bumble Bee Blues" was their 1929 hit song.
After they split up, Joe teamed up with his brother Charlie to form the Harlem Hamfats.
Here are the lyrics of the Bumble Bee Blues song with a link to youtube.
(See full painting hanging on my wall in earlier post: here 
Also on my website in painting section)

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