Friday, May 28, 2010

Gillian's Found Photo #49

This week's found photo is a bit beat up, but it's such a great picture we had to run it anyway.
The young lady in the shiny dress seems to be in mid-song, and judging by the setting, I'd say she's entertaining at a party, perhaps even a rent party, and old and important tradition rhythm & blues history, where folks would push their furniture against the wall, hire a piano player, guitarist and/or singer and charge their friends to get in (usually the price was .25. 0r .50 cents), food and booze was included in the admission price. Many important musicians, from James P. Johnson to John Lee Hooker started their career playing rent parties. As for the budding Esther Phillips above, perhaps her career never got past singing for her friends, but her face looks a bit familiar, anyone out there have any ideas who she may be?


Ken in NJ said...

Looks to me like she just dancing with the guy holding her hand, not singing. Seems to be just a couple of couples dancing at a party or get-together, nothing more than that. I'd love to see thier playlist tho'.


Ed Ward said...

Looks like she's holding hands with two separate people. I was thinking ring dance or something.

Anonymous said...

The lady does bear a resemblance to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, although it obviously isn't her.

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