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[Audio] – Memphis Minnie – “Ain’t No Use Tryin’ to Tell on Me” (1935)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on March 27, 2009

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Memphis Minnie – “Ain’t No Use Tryin’ to Tell on Me” (1935)

People talk about Betty Davis as a huge influence on Missy Elliott; but Memphis Minnie was an empowered woman who didn’t mince words, a good half-century before either of them.  This track conveys personal-politicking that wouldn’t sound unfamiliar to anyone who has felt blackmailed even in 2009.  Lizzy Douglas’ lyrics simply told the truth, in direct and precise language.  Plus the music is still catchy as hell, 70+ years on.

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