Bertha "Chippie" Hill

Bertha Chippie Hill. Photograph by William P. Gottlieb (between 1946 and 1948)


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Bertha "Chippie" Hill

Birth name: Bertha Hill

Member of: Rabbit Foot Minstrels

* March 15, 1905 Charleston, South Carolina
1915 family moves to New York, singing at local churches at 9 years of age
by 1919 working as a singer/dancer in Harlem, at Leroy's (here named "Chippie" by owner due to her young age) and William Banks Cafe; working with Ethel Waters; with Ma Rainey as part of Rabbit Foot Minstrels
in the early 20's touring in South with TOBA with her own act
c1922 with Ethel Waters in Edmond's Cellar NYC
1925 setteled down in Chicago, working with King Oliver's Jazz Band, first recordings with Louis Armstrong for OKeh
mid-20's at Plantation Cabaret / Dreamland Cafe, Chicago IL
c1926 with King Oliver Band at Palladium Dance Hall, Chicago IL
1926 Coliseum Theater, Chicago IL
1928/29 at Elite #2 Club, Chicago IL
1929 toured with Lovie Austen
recordings till 1929 for Vocalion
1930 retired from singing
1930-34 frequently worked at Annex Buffet, Chicago IL
1934-37 with Jimmie Noone Orchestra at Cabin Inn, Chicago IL
1937 worked at Club De Lisa, Chicago IL
1940-46 comeback with Lovie Austin's Blues Serenaders/Montana Taylor; recordings for Rudi Blesh's Circle Lable
1947 with James P Johnson at Spanish War Relief Concert, Ziegfeld Theater, NYC
1948 concert in Carnegie Hall with Kid Ory, NYC and at Town Hall, NYC - 1948 Paris Jazz Festival; worked with Art Hodges in Chicago
1949 Central Plaza, NYC
1949-50 with Art Hodes Quintet at The Blue Note, Chicago IL
1950 Stuyvesant Casino, NYC
May 7, 1950 at Harlem Hospital New York City
buried in Lincoln Cemetry, Blue Island, Cook County, IL

Sources:
Wikipedia
Blues Who's Who
Dixon, Robert M.W.: Blues & Gospel Records 1890-1943
Leadbitter, Mike. Slaven, Neil: Blues Records 1943 to 1970. A Selective Discography

Songs (with date of recording and first release):

Around the Clock
1946.02.05 -- Chicago IL - C-7 Circle 1013, Riverside 1059, on: Chippie Hill Sings The Blues (released 1955) - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v) Lee Collins (tr), John Lindsay (b), Lovie Austin (p), Baby Dodds (d)

Baby Won't You Please Come Home
1947.07.19 -- NYC - Circle 1024 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Wild Bill Davison (cn), Jimmy Achey (tb), Albert Nicholas (cl), Ralph Sutton (p), Danny Barker (g), Pops Foster (b), Baby Dodds (d)
Black Market Blues
1946.04.18 -- Chicago IL - C-10 Circle 1013, Riverside 1059, on: Chippie Hill Sings The Blues (released 1955) - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Montana Taylor (p), Almond Leonard (wb,kazoo)
Blues Improviastion
1947.08.30 -- NYC - Voice Of America 57 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Wild Bill Davison (cn), Jimmy Achey (tb), Albert Nicholas (cl), Ralph Sutton (p), Danny Barker (g), Pops Foster (b), Baby Dodds (d)

Careless Love
1946.02.05 -- Chicago IL - C-2 Circle 1004, Riverside 1059, on: Chippie Hill Sings The Blues (released 1955) - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v) Lee Collins (tr), John Lindsay (b), Lovie Austin (p), Baby Dodds (d)
1947.07.05 -- NYC - Queen-Disc Q-048, on: Ida Cox And Bertha Chippie Hill - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Wild Bill Davison (cn), Jimmy Achey (tb), Albert Nicholas (cl), Ralph Sutton (p), Danny Barker (g), Pops Foster (b), Johnny Blowers (d)
Charleston Blues
1946.02.05 -- Chicago IL - C-4 Circle 1013, Riverside 1059, on: Chippie Hill Sings The Blues (released 1955) - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v) Lee Collins (tr), John Lindsay (b), Freddie Shayne (p), Baby Dodds (d)
Christmas Man Blues
1928.10.16 -- Chicago IL - C-2449- Vocalion 1224 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Georgoa Tom (p), Tampa Red (g)

Darktown Strutters Ball
1947.07.19 -- NYC - Queen-Disc Q-048, on: Ida Cox And Bertha Chippie Hill - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Wild Bill Davison (cn), Jimmy Achey (tb), Albert Nicholas (cl), Ralph Sutton (p), Danny Barker (g), Pops Foster (b), Baby Dodds (d)
Do Dirty Blues
1927.05.14 -- Chicago IL - 80881-A OKeh 8473 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Richard M. Jones Jazz Wizards (Shirley Clay (c), Artie Starks (cl), Richard M. Jones (p), Johnny St. Cyt (bj))
Don't You Leave Me Daddy
1947.07.26 -- NYC - Voice Of America 54 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Wild Bill Davison (cn), Jimmy Achey (tb), Albert Nicholas (cl), Ralph Sutton (p), Danny Barker (g), Pops Foster (b), Baby Dodds (d)

Georgia Man (Richard M. Jones)
1926.02.23 -- Chicago IL - 9511-A OKeh 8312 -Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Louis Armstrong (c), Richard M. Jones (p)
Go Go Blues
1927.05.14 -- Chicago IL - 80880-B OKeh unissued - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Richard M. Jones Jazz Wizards (Shirley Clay (c), Artie Starks (cl), Richard M. Jones (p), Johnny St. Cyt (bj))

Hangman Blues
1928.11.01 -- Chicago IL - C-2510- Vocalion 1248 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Shirley Clay? (c), Artie Starks? (cl), unknown (p)
Hard Time Blues
1927.10.16 -- Chicago IL - 82085-B OKeh unissued - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Lonnie Johnson (g), unknown (p)
1928.10.16 -- Chicago IL - C-2448- Vocalion 1264 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Georgoa Tom (p), Tampa Red (g)
How Long Blues
1946.02.05 -- Chicago IL - C-5 Circle 1003, Riverside 1059, on: Chippie Hill Sings The Blues (released 1955) - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Lee Collins (tr), John Lindsay (b), Freddie Shayne (p), Baby Dodds (d) - listen on YouTube
1947.07.05 -- NYC - Queen-Disc Q-048, on: Ida Cox And Bertha Chippie Hill - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Wild Bill Davison (cn), Jimmy Achey (tb), Albert Nicholas (cl), Ralph Sutton (p), Danny Barker (g), Pops Foster (b), Johnny Blowers (d)

I Ain't Gonna Do It No more
1929.03.16? -- Chicago IL - C-3132- Vocalion 1406 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Georgia Tom? (p), Ikey Robinson? (bj), Bill Johnson (sb), Frankie Jaxon (sp)

Jailhouse Blues
1946.04.18 -- Chicago IL - C-9 Circle 1067, Riverside 1059, on: Chippie Hill Sings The Blues (released 1955) - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Montana Taylor (p), Almond Leonard (wb,kazoo)

Kid Man Blues (Richard M. Jones)
1925.11.09 -- Chicago IL - 9457-A OKeh 8273 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Louis Armstrong (c), Richard M. Jones (p)

Leavenworth Blues
1926.06.14 -- Chicago IL - 9710-A OKeh 8367 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Richard M. Jones Jazz Wizards (Shirley Clay (c), Preston Jackson (tb), Artie Starks (cl,as), Richard M. Jones (p), Cliff Jones? (d))
Lonesome, All Alone And Blue
(Richard M. Jones)
1926.02.23 -- Chicago IL - 9509-A OKeh 8339 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Louis Armstrong (c), Richard M. Jones (p)
Lonesome Road
1947.07.19 -- NYC - Circle 12004 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Wild Bill Davison (cn), Jimmy Achey (tb), Albert Nicholas (cl), Ralph Sutton (p), Danny Barker (g), Pops Foster (b), Baby Dodds (d)
Lonesome Weary Blues (Richard M. Jones)
1926.11.26 -- Chicago IL - 9972-A OKeh 8453 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Louis Armstrong (c), Richard M. Jones (p)
Lovesick Blues (Mills; Friend)
1926.11.26 -- Chicago IL - 9971-A OKeh 8453 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Louis Armstrong (c), Richard M. Jones (p)
Low Land Blues (Richard M. Jones)
1925.11.09 -- Chicago IL - 9456-A OKeh 8273 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Louis Armstrong (c), Richard M. Jones (p)

Mess, Katie, Mess (Kapp; Eller)
1926.11.23 -- Chicago IL - 9951-A OKeh 8437 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Louis Armstrong (c), Richard M. Jones (p)
Mississippi Waters Blues
1927.05.14 -- Chicago, IL - 80883-B OKeh unissued - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Richard M. Jones Jazz Wizards (Shirley Clay (c), Artie Starks (cl), Richard M. Jones (p), Johnny St. Cyt (bj))
Mistreatin Mr. Dupree
1946.04.18 -- Chicago IL - C-13 Circle 1067, Riverside 1059, on: Chippie Hill Sings The Blues (released 1955) - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Montana Taylor (p), Almond Leonard (wb,kazoo)

Naptown Stomp (Jazz Stomp)
1929.02.15 -- Chicago IL - C-2972-B Vocalion unissued - Scrapper Blackwell And The Two Boys, with Chippie Hill (The Two Boys, Scrapper Blackwell, Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Leroy Carr (p), Scrapper Blackwell (g), unknown (k))
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
1946.02.05 -- Chicago IL - C-8 Circle unissued - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v) Lee Collins (tr), John Lindsay (b), Lovie Austin (p), Baby Dodds (d)
No-Skid Tread
1929.02.15 -- Chicago IL - C-2973- Vocalion 1276 - Scrapper Blackwell And The Two Boys, with Chippie Hill (The Two Boys, Scrapper Blackwell, Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Leroy Carr (p), Scrapper Blackwell (g), unknown (k))

Panama Limited Blues
1926.06.15 -- Chicago IL - 9719-A OKeh 8367 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Richard M. Jones Jazz Wizards (Shirley Clay (c), Preston Jackson (tb), Artie Starks (cl,as), Richard M Jones (p,sp), Johnny St. Cyr (bj))
Pleadin' For The Blues
(Bertha Hill; Richard M. Jones)
1926.11.23 -- Chicago IL - 9949-A OKeh 8420 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Louis Armstrong (c), Richard M. Jones (p)
Pratt City Blues (Richard M. Jones)
1926.11.23 -- Chicago IL - 9950-A OKeh 8420 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Louis Armstrong (c), Richard M. Jones (p)
1929.03.16? -- Chicago IL - C-3133 Vocalion 1406 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Georgia Tom? (p), Ikey Robinson? (bj), Bill Johnson (sb), Frankie Jaxon (sp)

Some Cold Rainy Day
1928.10.13 -- Chicago IL - C-2433- Vocalion 1264 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Georgia Tom (p), Tampa Red (g)
Some Of These Days
1947.08.30 -- NYC - Voice Of America 58 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Wild Bill Davison (cn), Jimmy Achey (tb), Albert Nicholas (cl), Ralph Sutton (p), Danny Barker (g), Pops Foster (b), Baby Dodds (d)
Speedway Blues
1927.12.00 -- Chicago IL - 82088-B OKeh unissued - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Lonnie Johnson (g), unknown (p)
Sport Model Mama
1927.05.14 -- Chicago IL - 80882-A OKeh 8473 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Richard M. Jones Jazz Wizards (Shirley Clay (c), Artie Starks (cl,sp), Richard M. Jones (p,sp), Johnny St. Cyt (bj))
Street Walker Blues
1926.06.15 -- Chicago IL - 9720-A OKeh 8437 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Richard M. Jones Jazz Wizards (Shirley Clay (c), Preston Jackson (tb), Artie Starks (cl,as), Richard M Jones (p), Johnny St. Cyr (bj))

Tell Me Why
1927.12.16 -- Chicago IL - 82087-B OKeh unissued - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Lonnie Johnson (g), unknown (p)
Trouble in Mind (Blues) (Richard M. Jones, (Bertha Hill?))
1926.02.23 -- Chicago IL - 9510-B OKeh 8312 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Louis Armstrong (c), Richard M. Jones (p) -

1928.11.01 -- Chicago IL - C-2509- Vocalion 1248- Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Shirley Clay? (c), Artie Starks? (cl), unknown (p)
1946.02.05 -- Chicago IL - C-1 Circle 1003, Riverside 1059, on: Chippie Hill Sings The Blues (released 1955) - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v) Lee Collins (tr), John Lindsay (b), Lovie Austin (p), Baby Dodds (d)

Weary Money Blues
1927.12.16 -- Chicago IL - 82086-B OKeh unissued - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Lonnie Johnson (g), unknown (p)
1928.10.13 -- Chicago IL - C-2434- Vocalion 1224 - Bertha "Chippie" Hill (v), Georgoa Tom (p), Tampa Red (g)

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