Hardcore might be the best way to describe the Blues singing of Lucille Bogan. While many of the Classic Blues singers of the 1920s tackled risqué and controversial issues in their songs, Bogan almost exclusively focused on explicit sexual themes, like prostitution, adultery and lesbianism, and social ills such as alcoholism, drug addiction and abusive relationships. She was born in Mississippi but grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1923 she made her first recordings in Atlanta, Georgia. The records apparently didn't sell well because she didn't record again until 1927 for the Paramount and Brunswick labels after moving to Chicago. Between 1933 and 1935 she performed and recorded under the pseudonym Bessie Jackson and worked with pianist Walter Roland. Bogan's recording career came to an end in 1935 and she eventually returned to Birmingham where she reverted to her real name and performed in and managed the group Bogan's Birmingham Busters but did not appear on either of the group's records. In the late 1930s or early l940s, Bogan moved to the West Coast. She died in Los Angeles in 1948 of coronary sclerosis.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Alley Boogie
(Lucille Bogan)
3-1930 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
7210
Perfect
198-B
Baking Powder Blues 7-18-1933 Chicago, Illinois Banner
33059
Barbecue Bess 3-6-1935 Chicago, Illinois Banner
33475
B.D. Woman's Blues 3-7-1935 Chicago, Illinois ARC
5-12-58
Black Angel Blues 12-1930 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
7186
Bo-Easy Blues 8-4-1934 Chicago, Illinois Banner
Boogan Ways Blues 7-31-1934 Chicago, Illinois Banner
33245
Chirpin' The Blues 7-1923 Atlanta, Georgia Okeh
8071-A
Coffee Grindin' Blues
(Lucille Bogan)
5-9-1927 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
7083
Cravin' Whiskey Blues 6-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12577
Changed Ways Blues 8-2-1934 Chicago, Illinois ARC
6-02-64
Crawlin' Lizard Blues 12-1930 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
7193
Doggone Wicked Blues 7-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12514
Dirty Treatin' Blues 3-1930 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
7163
Don't Mean You No Good Blues
(Lucille Bogan / Henry Callens)
7-1923 Atlanta, Georgia Okeh
8074-B
Down In Boogie Alley 8-1-1934 Chicago, Illinois Banner
33149
Drinking Blues 7-31-1934 Chicago, Illinois Banner
33245
Forty-Two Hundred Blues 7-18-1933 Chicago, Illinois Banner
33119
Groceries On The Shelf 7-19-1933 Chicago, Illinois Banner
32904
Jim Tampa Blues
Banjo Accompaniment Charlie Jackson

(Lucille Bogan)
6-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12504-A
Jump Steady Daddy 3-7-1935 Chicago, Illinois ARC
5-12-58
House Top Blues 7-18-1933 Chicago, Illinois Banner
32845
Kind Stella Blues
Banjo Accompaniment Charlie Jackson
6-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12504-B
I Hate That Train Called The M And O 7-31-1934 Chicago, Illinois ARC
6-02-64
Levee Blues
(Williams / Alman / Roth)
3-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12459
Lonesome Daddy Blues
(Lucille Bogan / Henry Callens)
7-1923 Atlanta, Georgia Okeh
8074-A
Lonesome Midnight Blues 7-30-1934 Chicago, Illinois ARC
6-04-63
Man Stealer Blues 3-7-1935 Chicago, Illinois Melotone
350913 B
Mean Twister 7-20-1933 Chicago, Illinois Banner
33059
My Baby Come Back 7-18-1933 Chicago, Illinois Banner
32956
My Georgia Grind
(Spencer Williams)
3-1930 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
7145
My Man Is Boogan Me 7-31-1934 Chicago, Illinois Perfect
0317
Banner
33375
New Muscle Shoals Blues 7-20-1933 Chicago, Illinois Banner
33072
New Way Blues 10-8-1928 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
7051
Nice And Kind Blues 6-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12577
Oklahoma Man Blues
(Lucille Bogan / Williams)
7-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12514
The Pawn Shop Blues 7-1923 Atlanta, Georgia Okeh
8079
Pay Roll Blues 10-8-1928 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
7051
Pig Iron Sally 7-31-1934 Chicago, Illinois Perfect
0317
Banner
33375
Pot Hound Blues
(Lucille Bogan)
5-9-1927 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
7083
Reckless Woman 8-1-1934 Chicago, Illinois Banner
33313
Red Cross Man 7-17-1933 Chicago, Illinois Banner
Roll And Rattler 7-19-1933 Chicago, Illinois Banner
32904
Seaboard Blues 7-19-1933 Chicago, Illinois Banner
32833
Shave 'Em Dry 3-5-1935 Chicago, Illinois Banner
Sloppy Drunk Blues
(James)
3-1930 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
7210
Perfect
198-A
Skin Game Blues 3-8-1935 Chicago, Illinois Banner
33448
Struttin' My Stuff 12-1930 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
7193
Superstitious Blues
(Hooch House Blues
7-20-1933 Chicago, Illinois Banner
32956
Stew Meat Blues 3-8-1935 Chicago, Illinois Banner
33448
Sweet Patunia
(H. Charles)
3-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12459
Sweet Man, Sweet Man 8-1-1934 Chicago, Illinois Banner
33149
That's What My Baby Likes 3-5-1935 Chicago, Illinois Melotone
350913 A
They Ain't Walking No More 3-1930 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
7163
Tired As I Can Be 8-1-1934 Chicago, Illinois Banner
33313
T & N O Blues 7-17-1933 Chicago, Illinois Banner
Tricks Ain't Walking No More 12-1930 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
7186
Triflin' Blues
(Daddy, Don't You Trifle On Me)

(Porter Grainger / Bob Ricketts)
7-1923 Atlanta, Georgia Okeh
8071-B
Troubled Mind 7-20-1933 Chicago, Illinois Banner
32833
Walkin' Blues 7-18-1933 Chicago, Illinois Banner
33119
War Time Man Blues
(Lucille Bogan)
6-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12560-B
Whiskey Selling Woman
(Lucille Bogan)
3-1930 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
7145
Woman Won't Need No Man
(Lucille Bogan)
6-1927 Chicago, Illinois Paramount
12560-A
You Got To Die Some Day 7-30-1934 Chicago, Illinois ARC
6-04-63
Artist Instrument
Bob Campbell Guitar
Thomas Dorsey Piano
Will Ezell Piano
Eddie Heywood Piano
Frank James or Eddie Miller Piano
Walter Roland Piano, Guitar, Vocals
Tampa Red Guitar




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