Blues Queens on TV: Alberta Hunter, Big Mama Thornton, Sippie Wallace, Jeannie Cheatham
The new year did not have a chance yet to proove whether it is going to be good or bad, but I already have the blues. Because while going through the old VHS cassettes of my friend the late jazz researcher Otto Flückiger, I found two wonderful TV documentaries about female blues legends, made in the 1980s. So I have decided to put them up here – although the picture quality is not too good.
The first one is “My Castle’s Rocking”, Stuart A. Goldman‘s beautiful portrait of Alberta Hunter (1895–1984), made around the time she had her comeback at age 82.
The second one is the award-winning PBS feature “Three Generations Of The Blues”, which, made in the early 1980s shows a concert by Sippie Wallace (1898–1986), Big Mama Thornton (1926–1984) and Jeannie Chatham (1937–).
A HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!