Like so many of the early female Blues recording artists Viola McCoy's roots were in vaudeville and musical theatre. She moved to New York sometime in the early 1920s and worked as a caberet singer. She graduated to musical theatre sometime around 1922 and seemed to constantly be appearing in different musical revues in the New York area until the mid-1930s. She seems to have left show bussiness some time around 1938.

Viola McCoy's recordings were released under quite a few different pseudonyms. She was Amanda Brown on the Columbia, Perfect and Pathe labels. She was called Daisy Cliff on Guardsman label. On the Oriole and Domino labels she was Clara White or Bessie Williams and she was Gladys White on the Variety label, Fannie Johnson on Cameo and Susan Williams on the Lincoln label.

Viola McCoy and the Dixie Trio
Viola McCoy accompanied by Bob Rickets Band
Viola McCoy accompanied by the Kansas City Five
Viola McCoy accompanied by the Choo Choo Jazzers
Viola McCoy accompanied by Fletcher Henderson's Jazz Five
Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Back Water Blues
(Bessie Smith)
6-1927 New York, New York Cameo
1189
Romeo
416
Lincoln
2651
Bama Bound Blues
(Viola McCoy / Lovie Austin)
8-07-1923 New York, New York Vocalion
14653-B
Black Snake Blues
(Victoria Spivey / Lonnie Johnson)
5-1927 New York, New York Cameo
1158
Romeo
385
Variety
5085
Bleeding Hearted Blues
(Lovie Austin)
6-27-1923 New York, New York Vocalion
A 14633
Body And Soul
(He Belongs To Me)
5-1927 New York, New York Cameo
1158
Romeo
385
Variety
5085
Buzzin' Round
(Edgar Dowell)
4-18-1924 New York, New York Domino
363
Buzzin' Round
(Edgar Dowell)
4-18-1924 New York, New York Banner
1357
Oriole
264
Regal
9653
Chirpin' The Blues
Piano Accompaniment Porter Grainger

(Alberta Hunter)
4-26-1923 New York, New York Columbia
A3901
Chirpin' The Blues
(Alberta Hunter)
5-16-1923 New York, New York Gennett
5162-A
Starr
9405
Clearing House Blues
(Sadie Honesty / Harry Webb)
6-30-1924 New York, New York Banner
1394-A
Oriole
263
Regal
9690
Do Right Blues 2-1-1924 New York, New York Pathé Actuelle
032035
Perfect
12114
Don't Mean You No Good Blues 9-1923 New York, New York Ajax
17010
Dyin' Crap Shooter Blues
(Porter Grainger)
8-1927 New York, New York Cameo
1125
Lincoln
2690
Romeo
453
Fortune Teller Blues 3-1927 New York, New York Cameo
1144
Romeo
375
Variety
5071
Gay-Catin Daddy 8-1927 New York, New York Cameo
1125
Lincoln
2690
Romeo
453
Get Yourself A Monkey Man And Make Him Strut His Stuff
with Billy Higgins
10-1924 New York, New York Vocalion
14912-B
Git' Goin' 12-1926 New York, New York Cameo
1097
Romeo
374
Lincoln
2612
Variety
5071
How Come You Do Me Like You Do?
(Gene Austin / Roy Bergere)
5-20-1924 New York, New York Domino
362

5509-1
How Come You Do Me Like You Do?
(Gene Austin / Roy Bergere)
5-20-1924 New York, New York Banner
1371
Oriole
265
Regal
9667

5509-2
I Don't Know I Don't Care 5-1924 New York, New York Domino
364
I Don't Want Nobody That Don't Want Me
(Billy Higgins / Viola McCoy)
5-2-1924 New York, New York Vocalion
14818-A
If You Really Love Your Baby 1-11-1929 New York, New York Columbia
14395-D
If You Want To Keep Your Daddy Home
(Porter Grainger / Bob Ricketts)
6-27-1923 New York, New York Vocalion
B 14633
If You Want To Keep Your Daddy Home
Piano accompaniment by Porter Grainger

(Porter Grainger / Bob Ricketts Palsley)
3-7-1923 New York, New York Gennett
5108-B
If You Want To Keep Your Daddy Home
(Porter Grainger / Bob Ricketts)
3-27-1923 New York, New York Vocalion
14633
I'm Saving It All For You 12-1926 New York, New York Cameo
1066
Romeo
302
Variety
5033
It Makes No Difference Now 4-14-1924 New York, New York Vocalion
A 14801
Guardsman
7002
I've Got The World In A Jug
(Henderson / Gilbert)
2-1-1924 New York, New York Pathé Actuelle
032035
Perfect
12114
I Want A Good Man 1-11-1929 New York, New York Columbia
14395-D
Just Thinkin' Blues
(Porter Grainger / Bob Ricketts)
6-27-1923 New York, New York Vocalion
14632-B
Just Thinkin' Blues
Piano Accompaniment Porter Grainger

(Porter Grainger / Bob Ricketts)
5-16-1923 New York, New York Gennett
5162-B
Starr
9405
Keep On Going
with Billy Higgins
10-1924 New York, New York Vocalion
14912-A
Laughin' Cryin' Blues
(Porter Grainger / Bob Ricketts)
3-27-1923 New York, New York Columbia
A3867
Laughin' Cryin' Blues
(Porter Grainger / Bob Ricketts)
3-7-1923 New York, New York Gennett
5108-B
Lonesome Daddy Blues 9-1923 New York, New York Ajax
17010
Long Lost Mama
(Harry Woods)
6-5-1923 New York, New York Gennett
5175
Mama's Gone, Goodbye
(Peter Bocage / A.J. Piron)
4-17-1924 New York, New York Banner
1357
Oriole
264
Domino
361
Regal
9653
Mama Ia Waitin' On You 6-1927 New York, New York Cameo
1189
Romeo
416
Lincoln
2651
Mama, Mama
(Edgar Dowell)
5-2-1924 New York, New York Vocalion
14818-B
Michigan Water Blues
(Clarence Williams)
3-24-1923 New York, New York Columbia
A3921
Midnight Blues
A Wee Hour Chant

(Thompson / Williams)
4-11-1923 New York, New York Gennett
5128-A
Midnight Blues
A Wee Hour Chant

(Thompson / Williams)
4-11-1923 New York, New York Gennett
5128-A
Mistreatin' Daddy
(Porter Grainger / Bob Ricketts)
9-27-1923 New York, New York Vocalion
14689-B
Papa, If You Can't Do Better
(I'll Let A Better Papa Move In)
12-1926 New York, New York Cameo
1066
Romeo
302
Sad And Lonely Blues
(Porter Grainger)
6-27-1923 New York, New York Vocalion
14632-A
Shake That Thing
(Charlie Jackson)
1-6-1926 New York, New York Vocalion
A 15245
Slow Up Papa
(Andy Razaf / Paul Denniker)
3-1927 New York, New York Cameo
1144
Romeo
375
Variety
5048
Some Day You'll Come Back to Me
(Earl B. Westfield)
12-1926 New York, New York Cameo
1097
Romeo
374
Lincoln
2612
Variety
5048
Stomp Your Blues Away 1-6-1926 New York, New York Vocalion
B 15245
Strut Along Papa
(Stanley Miller)
3-27-1923 New York, New York Columbia
A3867
Tain't No Tellin' What The Blues Will Make You Do
(Porter Grainger)
8-7-1923 New York, New York Vocalion
14653-A
Tired O' Waiting Blues
(Porter Grainger / Bob Ricketts)
3-24-1923 New York, New York Columbia
A3921
Triflin' Blues
(Daddy Don't You Trifle On Me)

(Porter Grainger / Bob Ricketts)
4-11-1923 New York, New York Gennett
5128-B
Triflin' Blues
(Daddy Don't You Trifle On Me)

(Porter Grainger / Bob Ricketts)
4-26-1923 New York, New York Columbia
A3901
West Indies Blues
(Clarence Williams / Spencer Williams / Edgar Dowell)
4-14-1924 New York, New York Vocalion
B 14801
Guardsman
7002
Wish I Had You
(And I'm Gonna Get You Blues)
6-5-1923 New York, New York Gennett
5175
Wish I Had You 9-27-1923 New York, New York Vocalion
14689-A
You Don't Know My Mind Blues
(Virgina Liston / Sam Gray / Clarence Williams)
4-17-1924 New York, New York Domino
363

5483-1
You Don't Know My Mind Blues
(Virgina Liston / Sam Gray / Clarence Williams)
4-17-1924 New York, New York Banner
1371
Oriole
265
Regal
9667

5483-2
Artist Instrument
Edgar Dowell Piano
Porter Grainger Piano
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Billy Higgins Vocals
Cliff Jackson Piano
Louis Metcalf Cornet
Bubber Miley Cornet
Arthur Ray Piano
Bob Ricketts Piano
Elmer Snowden Banjo