Lena Wilson got her start in show business on the TOBA vaudeville circuit sometime around 1918. She had a musical act with her brother Danny Wilson, who later married Blues singer Edith Wilson. Their act became a trio after the marriage. In 1921 Lena settled in New York, became a popular figure in the Black theatre scene in the city and appeared in dozens of musical revues up until around 1931. Her recording career began in 1922 and continued until 1924. She didn't record again until 1930. After her recording career ended she continued to perform in clubs in the New York area until the mid-1930s. She was married to jazz violinist Shrimp Jones. Lena Wilson is reported to have died of pneumonia in 1939.

Lena Wilson accompanied by Perry Bradford's Jazz Phools
Lena Wilson accompanied by Conaway's Rag-Pickers
Lena Wilson accompanied by Johnny Dunn's Jazz Hounds
Lena Wilson accompanied by Henderson's Orchestra
Lena Wilson accompanied by Her Jazz Hounds
Lena Wilson accompanied by the Jazz Masters
Lena Wilson accompanied by the Nubian Five
Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Baby It Upsets Me So 2-4-1930 New York City, New York Diva
6038-G
Bleeding Hearted Blues
Piano by Porter Grainger

(Lovie Austin)
7-2-1923 New York City, New York Brunswick
2464-A

10971/72/73
Bleeding Hearted Blues
(Lovie Austin)
7-2-1923 New York City, New York Brunswick
unissued

10977
Chiropractor Blues 2-4-1930 New York City, New York Diva
6045-G
Chirpin' the Blues
(Alberta Hunter)
7-2-1923 New York City, New York Brunswick
2464-B
Down South Blues 11-1923 New York City, New York Ajax
17014
Find Out What They Like
(And How They Like It)
2-6-1930 New York City, New York Diva
6045-G
He Wasn't Born In Araby, But He's a Sheikin' Fool
(Andy Razaf / Edgar Dowell)
3-1924 New York City, New York Ajax
17025
I Don't Love Nobody
(So I Don't Have No Blues)
3-1924 New York City, New York Emerson
10745
I Need You To Drive My Blues Away 6-5-1923 New York City, New York Vocalion
B 14631
If You Love Me, Act Like It
(Lena Wilson / Porter Grainger)
3-1924 New York City, New York Ajax
17025
I'm a Stationary Mama
(Lookin' For a Permanent Man)

(Andy Razaf / Clarence Williams)
2-6-1930 New York City, New York Diva
6038-G
Love Ain't Blind No More 11-20-1923 New York City, New York Pathe Actuelle
032015
Michigan Water Blues
Piano Accompaniment by Fletcher Henderson

(Clarence Williams)
8-9-1923 New York City, New York Vocalion
B 14651

11825
Michigan Water Blues
Piano Accompaniment by Fletcher Henderson

(Clarence Williams)
8-9-1923 New York City, New York Vocalion
B 14651

11826
Mistreatin' Daddy
(Porter Grainger / Bob Ricketts)
11-20-1923 New York City, New York Pathe Actuelle
032015
My Man O' War
(Clarence Williams)
7-17-1931 New York City, New York Columbia
14618-D
Sad 'n Lonely Blues
(Porter Grainger / Lena Wilson)
6-15-1923 New York City, New York Brunswick
unissued
Taint Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do
(Porter Grainger / Everett Robbins)
5-9-1923 New York City, New York Victor
19085-A
Taint No Tellin' 8-22-1923 New York City, New York Victor
unissued
Taint No Tellin'
(What The Blues Will Make You Do)
3-1924 New York City, New York Emerson
10745
Tantalizin' Mama 11-1923 New York City, New York Ajax
17014
Triflin' Blues
(Daddy Don't You Trifle)

Piano Accompaniment by Porter Grainger

(Porter Grainger / Bob Ricketts)
5-9-1923 New York City, New York Victor
19085-B
What's Your Price? 7-17-1931 New York City, New York Columbia
14618-D
Wish I Had You (take 3) 8-22-1923 New York City, New York Victor
unissued
Wish I Had You (take 6) 10-18-1923 New York City, New York Victor
unissued
Your Time Now
(Twill Be Mine After A While)
5-23-1923 New York City, New York Vocalion
A 14631
Artist Instrument
Porter Grainger Piano
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Cliff Jackson Piano
unknown Piano