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Memphis Minnie

An American Blues guitarist, vocalist, and composer.

Minnie was one of the most influential and pioneering female blues musicians and guitarists of all time.

She recorded in the late twenties, female Blues Singer, Guitarist.

A flamboyant character who wore bracelets made of silver dollars, she was the biggest female blues singer from the early Depression years through World War II.

After learning to play guitar and banjo as a child, she ran away from home at the age of thirteen. She travelled to Memphis, Tennessee, playing guitar in nightclubs and on the street as Lizzie "Kid" Douglas.

After her health began to fail in the mid-'50s, Minnie returned to Memphis and retired from performing and recording. She spent her twilight years in a nursing home, where she died of a stroke in 1973.

Memphis Minnie lived to see her reputation revive in the 1960s as part of the general revival of interest in the blues. In 1980, she was inducted into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame.

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