Lizzie Miles

Lizzie Miles was born on Bourbon Street and she was singing with the New Orleans Jazz bands of King Oliver, Kid Ory and A.J. Piron while she was still a teenager. She worked as a song plugger for Clarence Williams' and A.J. Piron's publishing company and toured the southern vaudeville circuit, worked in a circus and with minstrel shows, before moving to Chicago in the early 1920s. In Chicago she performed with Elgars Creole Orchestra, Freddie Keppard and with King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band. By 1922 Miles had relocated to New York where she began her recording career in 1922 and played clubs and cabarets with the Sam Wooding Orchestra and with Piron's New Orleans Orchestra. In 1924 she toured Europe and played in Paris at Louis Mitchell's club Chez Mitchell and other venues for the next couple of years. In 1927 she returned to New York where she spent most of the remainder of the 1920s and 1930s. She performed in clubs around the city with numerous acts that included groups led by Fats Waller and Paul Barbarin. In the late 1930s, Miles returned to New Orleans and left show business until the l950s when she resumed her career performing and recording with the Bob Scobey Band until she retired in 1959. Miles died of a heart attack in 1963. Lizzie Miles was the half sister of Blues singer Edna Hicks and trumpet player Herb Morand. Some of Lizzie Miles' records were released under the pseudonyms of Mandy Smith and Jane Howard.

Thanks to Owen Miller for his help with some of the recordings on this page.

Title Director Year
The Stardust Ring 193?
Tick Tack Toe 193?

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Aggravatin' Papa
(Roy Turk / J. Russel Robinson)
2-1923 New York, New York Emerson
10586
A Good Man Is Hard To Find (2)
(Eddie Green)
2-29-1928 New York, New York Conqueror
7185
A Good Man Is Hard To Find (3)
(Eddie Green)
2-29-1928 New York, New York Conqueror
Banjo Papa 5-2-1928 New York, New York Domino
Black Man
(Be On Yo' Way)

Piano by Spencer Williams

(Spencer Williams)
6-18-1923 New York, New York Brunswick
2462-B
Cotton Belt Blues
Piano accomp. Clarence Johnson

(Spencer Williams)
7-19-1923 New York, New York Victor
19124-B
Done Throwed Away The Key Away
(Harold Gray)
2-27-1930 New York, New York Victor
23306-B
Don't Let Your Love Come Down
(Andy Razaf)
11-13-1927 New York, New York Banner
7025
Don't Tell Me Nothin' 'Bout My Man
(Jelly Roll Morton)
12-11-1929 New York, New York Victor
V-38571-B
Electrician Blues
(Andy Razaf)
1-27-1930 New York, New York Victor
23306-A
Family Trouble Blues
(Olman J. Cobb)
5-24-1923 New York, New York Columbia
A3920
Four O'Clock Blues
(Johnny Dunn / Gus Horsley)
2-1923 New York, New York Emerson
10586
Good Time Papa 1-27-1930 New York, New York Victor
23306
Grievin' Mama Blues
(Tom Delaney)
3-18-1927 New York, New York Okeh
8456-A
Haitian Blues
(Lizzie Miles / Spencer Williams)
3-1923 New York, New York Emerson
10613
Haitian Blues
Clarence Johnson at the Piano

(Lizzie Miles / Spencer Williams)
4-25-1923 New York, New York Columbia
A3897
He May Be Your Man, But He Comes To See Me Sometimes
(From Musical Comedy "Plantation Revue")

(Lemuel Fowler)
7-1922 New York, New York Okeh
8037-A
He's My Man 10-7-1939 New York, New York Vocalion
05260
He's Red Hot To Me 10-7-1939 New York, New York Vocalion
05325
He Used To Be Your Man But He's My Man Now
Accompanied by Rickett's Stars
2-1923 New York, New York Okeh
8048-A
Hold Me Parson
(Lizzie Miles)
10-7-1939 New York, New York Vocalion
05325
Hot Lips
(Henry Busse / Jack Lange / Lou Davis)
9-1922 New York, New York Okeh
8040
If You Can't Control Your Man 1-4-1928 New York, New York Banner
7048-B
Conqueror
7084
I Hate A Man Like You
(Jelly Roll Morton)
12-11-1929 New York, New York Victor
V-38571-A
Keep Knockin' No. 2 (But You Can't Come In)
(Wiggins)
10-7-1939 New York, New York Vocalion
05165
Conqueror
9357
Keep Yourself Together Sweet Papa (Mama's Got Her Eyes On You)
(Spencer Williams)
7-19-1923 New York, New York Victor
19158-A
Lonesome Ghost Blues
(Andy Razaf)
1-4-1928 New York, New York Banner
7048-A
Lonesome Monday Morning Blues 8-1922 New York, New York Okeh
8039-B
Mean Old Bedbug Blues
(Jack Wood)
10-12-1927 New York, New York Banner
6117
Conqueror
7182
Domino
1055-B
Mellow Rhythm 10-7-1939 New York, New York Vocalion
05260
Muscle Shoals Blues
(George W. Thomas)
2-24-1922 New York, New York Okeh
8031-A
My Dif'rent Kind Of Man
(Jack Palmer)
6-30-1928 New York, New York Columbia
14335-D
My Man O' War 1-27-1930 New York, New York Victor
23281
My Pillow And Me
Piano by Clarence Johnson

(Tim Brymn / Chris Smith / Clarence Williams)
6-18-1923 New York, New York Brunswick
2462-A
Nobody Shows What My Baby Shows
(Andy Razaf)
2-29-1928 New York, New York Banner
Please Don't Tickle Me, Babe
(Q. Roscoe Snowden)
8-1922 New York, New York Okeh
8039-A
Police Blues 11-13-1927 New York, New York Conqueror
7082
Second Hand Daddy
(Jackson)
2-29-1928 New York, New York Banner
7075
Conqueror
7185
Shake It Down 5-2-1928 New York, New York Banner
7128
She Walked Right Up And Took My Man Away
(Lizzie Miles / Babe Thomas / Spencer Williams)
2-24-1922 New York, New York Okeh
8031-B
Shootin' Star Blues
(Porter Grainger)
1-4-1928 New York, New York Banner
7025
Slow Up Papa
(Andy Razaf / Paul Denniker)
3-18-1927 New York, New York Okeh
8456-B
State Street Blues
(Babe Thomas / Spencer Williams)
3-11-1922 New York, New York Okeh
8032-A
Stranger Blues
(Williams)
10-7-1939 New York, New York Vocalion
05392
Sweet Smellin' Mama
(Poro Blues)

Accompanied by Rickett's Stars

(Trebor Rollins / Bob Miller)
2-1923 New York, New York Okeh
8048-B
Sweet Smellin' Mama
(Poro Blues)

Clarence Johnson at the Piano

(Bob Miller)
4-25-1923 New York, New York Columbia
A3897
Take It, 'Cause It's All Yours 9-1922 New York, New York Okeh
8040
That's Alright Daddy 10-7-1939 New York, New York Vocalion
05165
Conqueror
9357
Twenty Grand Blues 10-7-1939 New York, New York Vocalion
05392
Tell Me Gypsy 2-1923 New York, New York Emerson
10603
The Black Bottom Blues
Accompanied by Rickett's Stars

(Eddie Heywood)
2-1923 New York, New York Okeh
8050-B
The Man I Got Ain't The Man I Want 2-27-1930 New York, New York Victor
23281
The Trixie Blues
(Trixie Smith)
2-1923 New York, New York Okeh
8049-A
The Yellow Dog Blues
(W.C. Handy)
2-1923 New York, New York Okeh
8052
Too Slow Blues 2-27-1930 New York, New York Victor
23298
Trifflin' Man
(Bob Miller)
5-24-1923 New York, New York Columbia
A3920
Virginia Blues
(Ernie Erdman / Fred Meinken)
3-11-1922 New York, New York Okeh
8032-B
When You Get Tired Of Your New Sweetie
(Lester Miller)
11-13-1927 New York, New York Oriole
1118 (b)
Banner
6162
Conqueror
7084
Domino
4099-A
Wicked Blues
(Perry Bradford)
7-1922 New York, New York Okeh
8037-B
Yellow Dog Gal Blues 2-27-1930 New York, New York Victor
You Ain't Had No Blues 1-27-1930 New York, New York Victor
You Can't Have It Unless I Give It To You
(Andy Razaf)
10-12-1927 New York, New York Oriole
1118 (a)
Conqueror
7082
Domino
4099-B
You're Always Messin' Round With My Man
Piano accompaniment - Clarence Johnson

(Spencer Williams)
5-23-1923 New York, New York Victor
19083-B
Your Such A Cruel Papa To Me
(A.J. Piron)
6-30-1928 New York, New York Columbia
14335-D
Your Time Now 3-1923 New York, New York Emerson
10613
Your Worries Ain't Like Mine 5-2-1928 New York, New York Banner
7128
You've Gotta Come And See Mama Every Night
(Billy Rose)
2-1923 New York, New York Emerson
10603
Artist Instrument
Harry Brooks Piano
Teddy Bunn Guitar
Pops Foster Bass
Porter Grainger Piano
Charlie Grimes Alto Saxophone
Harry Hicks Trombone
Charlie Holmes Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Louis Hooper Piano
Cliff Jackson Piano
Clarence Johnson Piano
Louis Metcalf Cornet
Bass Moore Tuba
Jelly Roll Morton Piano
King Oliver Cornet
Bob Ricketts Piano
Albert Socarras Alto Saxophone, Flute
Elmer Snowden Banjo
Clarence Williams Piano




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