pianist Jimmy Yancey and his wife Estella early 1940s

pianist Jimmy Yancey and his wife Estella early 1940s

Estelle "Mama" Yancey

Birth Name: Estella Harris

Personal: father Elie Harris, mother Mary Harris, married with Jimmy Yancey

* Jan. 1, 1896 Cairo IL
- moved to Chicago IL at 6 months, raised in Chicago where she took interest in music in early age, frequently sang in local church choir as child, learned guitar as youth
from 1919 through 30s - frequently worked with her husband Jimmy Yancey at local private parties and house rent parties, Chicago IL
1943 - recorded with Jimmie Yancey for Session, Chicago IL
c1945 - worked with Richard M. Jones at Art Institute of Chicago IL
c1945 through 60s - frequently worked outside music (as Democratic ward precinct captain), Chicago IL
1948 - worked with Jimmy Yancey, Kid Ory and others at Carnegie Hall, New York City
c1948 - worked with Jimmy Yancey at Orchestra Hall, Chicago IL - at local concert date, Minneapolis MN
c1948-50 - worked occasionally with Jimmy Yancey on weekend gigs, Bee Hive Club, Chicago IL
1951 - recorded with Jimmy Yancey for Atlantic, Chicago IL - Sept. 17, Jimmy Yancey (†)
from 1951 - mostly inactive in music, Chicgo IL
1952
- recorded with Don Ewell for Windin' Ball, Chicago IL - Atlantic 130, Same released
1955 - Windin' Ball 102, Mamy Yancey With Don Ewell released
1961 - worked at Sugar Hill Club, San Francisco CA - recorded with Little Brother Montgomery for Riverside, Chicago IL
1962 - worked at Limelight Club, Red Lion Club, Chicago IL
1964 - worked at Touch of Olde Club, Chicago IL
1965 - recorded with Art Hoded for Verve-Folkways, Chicago IL - Verve-Folkways 9015, Mama Yancey Sings, Art Hodes Plays Blues released
1969 - appeared with Art Hodes on Jazz Alley, PBS-TV
into 70s - inactive in music, Chicago IL
1977 - worked with Earl Hines at Northwestern University, Evanston IL
1977-79 - worked at University of Chicago Folk Festival, Chicago IL (1979: watch on YouTube)
1982/83 - recorded with Axel Zwingenberger - recorded with Erwin Helfer for Red Beans, Chicago IL
1983 - Evidence, Maybe I'll Cry released
1984 - worked with Erwin Helfer, Blind John Davis and Big Time Sarah at Chicago Blues Festival
† May 4, 1986 Chicago IL

1988 - Vagabond, Axel Zwingenberger And The Friends Of Boogie Woogie: Vol. 4: The Blues Of Mama Yancey released
1998 - Document, The Unissued 1951 Yancey Wire Recordings released

Instruments: guitar, piano

Influences: Lottie Grady, Memphis Minnie, Bessie Smith

Influenced: Barbara Dane

Sources:
Wikipedia
Blues Who's Who
Dixon, Robert M.W.: Blues & Gospel Records 1890-1943
Fancourt, Les. McGrath, Bob: The Blues Discography 1943-70
Ford, Robert. McGrath, Bob: The Blues Discography 1971-2000
Leadbitter, Mike. Slaven, Neil: Blues Records 1943 to 1970. A Selective Discography


Songs (with date of recording and first release):

2.19 (Trad.)
1983.08.24 -- Chicago IL - Vagabond, on: Axel Zwingenberger And The Friends Of Boogie Woogie: Vol. 4: The Blues Of Mama Yancey (released 1988) - Estella "Mama" Yancey (v), Axel Zwingenberger (p)
Baby Won't You Please Come Home
1952.08.21 -- Chicago IL - Windin' Ball 102, on: Mamy Yancey With Don Ewell (released 1955) - Mamy Yancey (v), Don Ewell (p)
1982.11.10, 1983.01.26 -- Chicago IL - Red Beans, on: Maybe I'll Cry (released 1983) - Mama Estella Yancey (v), Erwin Helfer (p)
Blues At the Burying Ground (Mama Yancey)
1983.08.24 -- Chicago IL - Vagabond, on: Axel Zwingenberger And The Friends Of Boogie Woogie: Vol. 4: The Blues Of Mama Yancey (released 1988) - Estella "Mama" Yancey (v), Axel Zwingenberger (p)
Cabbage Patch
1965.06.00 -- Chicago IL - Verve-Folkways 9015, on: Mama Yancey Sings, Art Hodes Plays Blues (released 1965) - Mama Yancey (v), Art Hodes (p)
Chicago In Mind (Albert Ammons)
1951.06.16/17 -- Chicago IL - Document 1007, on: The Unissued 1951 Yancey Wire Recordings (released 1998) - Mama Yancey (v), Bill Russell? (p)
Crying In My Sleep (Jimmy Yancey)
1983.08.24 -- Chicago IL - Vagabond, on: Axel Zwingenberger And The Friends Of Boogie Woogie: Vol. 4: The Blues Of Mama Yancey (released 1988) - Estella "Mama" Yancey (v), Axel Zwingenberger (p)
Don't You Wanna Know (Ian Anthony Stephens)
1951.06.16/17 -- Chicago IL - Document 1007, on: The Unissued 1951 Yancey Wire Recordings (released 1998) - Mama Yancey (v), Jimmy Yancey (p), Buzz Reynolds (cl), Dick Mushlitz (bj)
Everybody Loves My Baby
1952.08.21 -- Chicago IL - Windin' Ball 102, on: Mamy Yancey With Don Ewell (released 1955) - Mamy Yancey (v), Don Ewell (p)
Every Day In the Week
1965.06.00 -- Chicago IL - Verve-Folkways 9015, on: Mama Yancey Sings, Art Hodes Plays Blues (released 1965) - Mama Yancey (v), Art Hodes (p)
Four O'Clock Blues (Trad.)
1951.06.16 -- Chicago IL - Document 1007, on: The Unissued 1951 Yancey Wire Recordings (released 1998) - Mama Yancey (v), Jimmy Yancey, Phil Kiely (p)
1951.07.18 -- Chicago IL - A 740 Atlantic 130, on: Yancey Special (released 1952) - Mama Yancey (v), Jimmy Yancey (p), Israel Crosby (b)
1961.09.08 -- Chicago IL - 390 Riverside 403, on: Chicago-The Living Legends: South Side Blues - Mamy Yancey (v), Little Brother Montgomery (p), Sam Hill (g), George "Pops" Foster (b), Earl Watkins (d)
1982.10.19 -- Chicago IL - Vagabond, on: Axel Zwingenberger And The Friends Of Boogie Woogie: Vol. 4: The Blues Of Mama Yancey (released 1988) - Estella "Mama" Yancey (v), Axel Zwingenberger (p)
1982.11.10, 1983.01.26 -- Chicago IL - Red Beans, on: Maybe I'll Cry (released 1983) - Mama Estella Yancey (v), Erwin Helfer (p)
Get Him Out Of Your System
1965.06.00 -- Chicago IL - Verve-Folkways 9015, on: Mama Yancey Sings, Art Hodes Plays Blues (released 1965) - Mama Yancey (v), Art Hodes (p)
Good Conducter
1965.06.00 -- Chicago IL - Verve-Folkways 9015, on: Mama Yancey Sings, Art Hodes Plays Blues (released 1965) - Mama Yancey (v), Art Hodes (p)
Good Package Blues
1965.06.00 -- Chicago IL - Verve-Folkways 9015, on: Mama Yancey Sings, Art Hodes Plays Blues (released 1965) - Mama Yancey (v), Art Hodes (p)
How Long (Blues) (Will It Be) (Trad.)
1943.12.00 -- Chicago IL - 120- Session 12-002. Pax 6011, on: Yancey's Mixture: 24 Minutes with Jimmy Yancey (released 1954) - Estella "Mama" Yancey (v), Jimmy Yancey (org)
1951.06.16/17 -- Chicago IL - Document 1007, on: The Unissued 1951 Yancey Wire Recordings (released 1998) - Mama Yancey (v), Jimmy Yancey (p), Buzz Reynolds (cl), Dick Mushlitz (bj)
1951.07.18 -- Chicago IL - A 739 Atlantic 130, on: Same (released 1952) - Mama Yancey (v), Jimmy Yancey (p), Israel Crosby (b)
1961.09.08 -- Chicago IL - 389 Riverside 403, on: Chicago-The Living Legends: South Side Blues - Mamy Yancey (v), Little Brother Montgomery (p), Sam Hill (g), George "Pops" Foster (b), Earl Watkins (d)
1965.06.00 -- Chicago IL - Verve-Folkways 9015, on: Mama Yancey Sings, Art Hodes Plays Blues (released 1965) - Mama Yancey (v), Art Hodes (p)
1982.10.19 -- Chicago IL - Vagabond, on: Axel Zwingenberger And The Friends Of Boogie Woogie: Vol. 4: The Blues Of Mama Yancey (released 1988) - Estella "Mama" Yancey (v), Axel Zwingenberger (p)
1982.11.10, 1983.01.26 -- Chicago IL - Red Beans, on: Maybe I'll Cry (released 1983) - Mama Estella Yancey (v), Erwin Helfer (p)
Hurry Sundown (Hughie Thomasson, Clarence Williams)
1951.06.16 -- Chicago IL - Document 1007, on: The Unissued 1951 Yancey Wire Recordings (released 1998) - Mama Yancey (v), Jimmy Yancey (p), Buzz Reynolds (cl), Dick Mushlitz (bj)
Kitchen Sink Blues
1982.11.10, 1983.01.26 -- Chicago IL - Red Beans, on: Maybe I'll Cry (released 1983) - Mama Estella Yancey (v), Erwin Helfer (p)
Lonesome Road
1952.08.21 -- Chicago IL - Windin' Ball 102, on: Mamy Yancey With Don Ewell (released 1955) - Mamy Yancey (v), Don Ewell (p)
Make Me A Pallet On the Floor (Trad.)
1943.12.00 -- Chicago IL - 138- Session unissued. Roots 001, on: Jimmy and Mama Yancey: Harmonium Blues (released 1968) - Estella "Mama" Yancey (v), Jimmy Yancey (harmonium)
1951.06.16 -- Chicago IL - Document 1007, on: The Unissued 1951 Yancey Wire Recordings (released 1998) - Mama Yancey (v), Bill Russell? (p), Dick Mushlitz (bj)
1951.07.18 -- Chicago IL - A 741 Atlantic 130, on: Yancey Special (released 1952) - Mama Yancey (v), Jimmy Yancey (p), Israel Crosby (b)
1961.09.08 -- Chicago IL - 391 Riverside 403, on: Chicago-The Living Legends: South Side Blues - Mamy Yancey (v), Little Brother Montgomery (p), Sam Hill (g), George "Pops" Foster (b), Earl Watkins (d)
1982.10.19 -- Chicago IL - Vagabond, on: Axel Zwingenberger And The Friends Of Boogie Woogie: Vol. 4: The Blues Of Mama Yancey (released 1988) - Estella "Mama" Yancey (v), Axel Zwingenberger (p)
Mama And Jimmy Blues
1943.00.00 -- Chicago IL - 50-A (PF-14-B). Wayhi L93. Document 6045, on: Piano Discoveries 1928-1943 (released ?) - Estella "Mama" Yancey (v), Jimmy Yancey (p)
Mama's Blues
1943.12.00 -- Chicago IL - 138- Session 12-004. Roots 001, on: Jimmy and Mama Yancey: Harmonium Blues (released 1968) - Estella "Mama" Yancey (v), Jimmy Yancey (harmonium)
1952.08.21 -- Chicago IL - Windin' Ball 102, on: Mamy Yancey With Don Ewell (released 1955) - Mamy Yancey (v), Don Ewell (p)
Mamy Yancey's Blues
1961.09.08 -- Chicago IL - 392 Riverside 403, on: Chicago-The Living Legends: South Side Blues - Mamy Yancey (v), Little Brother Montgomery (p), Sam Hill (g), George "Pops" Foster (b), Earl Watkins (d)
Maybe I'll Cry
1982.11.10, 1983.01.26 -- Chicago IL - Red Beans, on: Maybe I'll Cry (released 1983) - Mama Estella Yancey (v), Erwin Helfer (p)
Midnight Plea (Mama Yancey)
1983.08.24 -- Chicago IL - Vagabond, on: Axel Zwingenberger And The Friends Of Boogie Woogie: Vol. 4: The Blues Of Mama Yancey (released 1988) - Estella "Mama" Yancey (v), Axel Zwingenberger (p)
Monkey Man
1982.11.10, 1983.01.26 -- Chicago IL - Red Beans, on: Maybe I'll Cry (released 1983) - Mama Estella Yancey (v), Erwin Helfer (p)
Monkey Woman Blues
1951.07.18 -- Chicago IL - A 742 Atlantic 130, on: Yancey Special (released 1952) - Mama Yancey (v), Jimmy Yancey (p), Israel Crosby (b)
1982.10.19 -- Chicago IL - Vagabond, on: Axel Zwingenberger And The Friends Of Boogie Woogie: Vol. 4: The Blues Of Mama Yancey (released 1988) - Estella "Mama" Yancey (v), Axel Zwingenberger (p)
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
1952.08.21 -- Chicago IL - Windin' Ball 102, on: Mamy Yancey With Don Ewell (released 1955) - Mamy Yancey (v), Don Ewell (p)
Pallet On the Floor (Trad.)
1943.12.00 -- Chicago IL - 135- Session 12-12-003. Jazztone 1023, on: An Evening with the Yanceys: Jimmy, Mama & Alonzo (released 1957) - Estella "Mama" Yancey (v), Jimmy Yancey (p)
1982.11.10, 1983.01.26 -- Chicago IL - Red Beans, on: Maybe I'll Cry (released 1983) - Mama Estella Yancey (v), Erwin Helfer (p)
Royal Garden Blues (Clarence Williams, Spencer Williams)
1951.06.16 -- Chicago IL - Document 1007, on: The Unissued 1951 Yancey Wire Recordings (released 1998) - Mama Yancey (v), Jimmy Yancey (p), Buzz Reynolds (cl), Dick Mushlitz (bj)
(The) Santa Fe Blues
1951.07.18 -- Chicago IL - A 738 Atlantic 130, on: Yancey Special (released 1952) - Mama Yancey (v), Jimmy Yancey (p), Israel Crosby (b)
1961.09.08 -- Chicago IL - 393 Riverside 403, on: Chicago-The Living Legends: South Side Blues - Mamy Yancey (v), Little Brother Montgomery (p), Sam Hill (g), George "Pops" Foster (b), Earl Watkins (d)
1982.10.19 -- Chicago IL - Vagabond, on: Axel Zwingenberger And The Friends Of Boogie Woogie: Vol. 4: The Blues Of Mama Yancey (released 1988) - Estella "Mama" Yancey (v), Axel Zwingenberger (p)
1982.11.10, 1983.01.26 -- Chicago IL - Red Beans, on: Maybe I'll Cry (released 1983) - Mama Estella Yancey (v), Erwin Helfer (p)
Shave 'Em Dry
1951.06.16 -- Chicago IL - Document 1007, on: The Unissued 1951 Yancey Wire Recordings (released 1998) - Mama Yancey (v), Jimmy Yancey, Phil Kiely (p)
Stelly Yancey Blues (Mama Yancey)
1983.08.24 -- Chicago IL - Vagabond, on: Axel Zwingenberger And The Friends Of Boogie Woogie: Vol. 4: The Blues Of Mama Yancey (released 1992) - Estella "Mama" Yancey (v), Axel Zwingenberger (p)
Sweet Lovin' Daddy
1965.06.00 -- Chicago IL - Verve-Folkways 9015, on: Mama Yancey Sings, Art Hodes Plays Blues (released 1965) - Mama Yancey (v), Art Hodes (p)
Tomorrow Morning
1951.06.16 -- Chicago IL - Document 1007, on: The Unissued 1951 Yancey Wire Recordings (released 1998) - Mama Yancey (v), Jimmy Yancey, Phil Kiely (p)
Trouble In Mind
1965.06.00 -- Chicago IL - Verve-Folkways 9015, on: Mama Yancey Sings, Art Hodes Plays Blues (released 1965) - Mama Yancey (v), Art Hodes (p)
1982.11.10, 1983.01.26 -- Chicago IL - Red Beans, on: Maybe I'll Cry (released 1983) - Mama Estella Yancey (v), Erwin Helfer (p)
Weekly Blues (Mama Yancey)
1952.08.21 -- Chicago IL - Windin' Ball 102, on: Mamy Yancey With Don Ewell (released 1955) - Mamy Yancey (v), Don Ewell (p)
1982.10.19 -- Chicago IL - Vagabond, on: Axel Zwingenberger And The Friends Of Boogie Woogie: Vol. 4: The Blues Of Mama Yancey (released 1988) - Estella "Mama" Yancey (v), Axel Zwingenberger (p)
1982.11.10, 1983.01.26 -- Chicago IL - Red Beans, on: Maybe I'll Cry (released 1983) - Mama Estella Yancey (v), Erwin Helfer (p)
Yancey Special
1951.07.18 -- Chicago IL - A 736 Atlantic 130, on: Yancey Special (released 1952) - Mama Yancey (v), Jimmy Yancey (p)