lizzie douglas

“Memphis Minnie”  by Kay Robinson

Lizzie Douglas (June 3, 1897 – August 6, 1973), known as Memphis Minnie, was a blues guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter whose recording career lasted from the 1920s to the 1950s. She recorded around 200 songs, some of the best-known being “Bumble Bee”, “Nothing in Rambling”, and “Me and My Chauffeur Blues”.

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“This is my family. I found it, all on my own. It’s little, and broken, but still good. Yeah, still good...”

Rossetti Painting ‘Lovely Guggums.’ Douglas Percy Bliss (British, 1900-1984). Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour and scratching out on paper.

Rossetti sits hunched over an easel, drawing or painting Lizzie Siddal, known familiarly as ‘Guggums,’ the cutler’s daughter who inspired so much of his early work and whom he eventually, after a long and fraught engagement, married in 1860. On the far wall hangs one of the female half-lengths of which Rossetti painted so many from the late 1850s on.

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Lizzie Douglas, known to the world as Memphis Minnie (1897-1973), pictured in bottom photograph with her second husband Kansas Joe McCoy, c. 1929.

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