Trixie Smith

Trixie Smith was born in Atlanta, Georgia and is reported to have studied at Selma University in Alabama. Sometime around 1915 she moved north to New York to work in show business. At first she worked in minstrel shows and on the TOBA vaudeville circuit. It was in vaudeville where she became a featured vocalist. In 1922 Smith made her first recordings for the Black Swan label and later that year she won a blues singing contest in New York sponsored by the White dance team of Vernon and Irene Castle, beating out Lucille Hegamin and some other lesser known singers with her song "Trixie's Blues". Smith is best remembered today for the excellent Jazz bands that accompanied her on her records. The records were often released under the name of Trixie Smith and her Down Home Syncopators, which was usually either Fletcher Henderson and his Orchestra or the White group The Original Memphis Five. Trixie recorded a fine session for Decca in 1938 that featured Sidney Bechet and an additional song in 1939, but her recording career had for all practical purposes ended by 1926 when she recorded with Jimmy Bythe and his Ragamuffins. As her career as a Blues singer waned, Smith returned to her theatrical roots and worked in musical revues, Broadway shows and appeared the four films. She died in 1943.

Title Director Year
The Black King Bud Pollard 1932
Drums O' Voodoo Arthur Hoerl 1934
Swing! Oscar Micheaux 1938
God's Step Children Oscar Micheaux 1938

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Ada Jane's Blues
(Jay Guy Suddoth)
9-1924 New York, New York Paramount
12232-B
Black Bottom Hop
(Paul Carter)
12-1925 New York, New York Paramount
12336
Choo Choo Blues (1)
(Jay Guy Suddoth)
12-1924 New York, New York Paramount
12245
Choo Choo Blues (2)
(Jay Guy Suddoth)
12-1924 New York, New York Paramount
12245
Silvertone 3565
Desperate Blues
(Alex Rogers / James P. Johnson)
1-1922 New York, New York Black Swan
2039-A
Don't Shake It No More
(Thomas A. Dorsey)
6-1924 New York, New York Paramount
12211-B
Everybody's Doing The Charleston Now
With Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra

(Benton)
12-1925 New York, New York Paramount
12330-A
Everybody Loves My Baby (But My Baby Don't Love Nobody But Me)
(Jack Palmer / Spencer Williams)
1-1925 New York, New York Paramount
12249
Freight Train Blues
(Thomas A. Dorsey / Everett Murphy )
5-1924 New York, New York Paramount
12211-A
Freight Train Blues
(Williams)
5-26-1938 New York, New York Decca
7489 A
Give Me That Slow Drag
(Tom Delaney)
9-1922 New York, New York Black Swan
14127-A
Paramount
12164-A
He May Be Your Man
(But He Comes To See Me Sometimes)

(Lemuel Fowler)
4-1922 New York, New York Black Swan
14114-A
He May Be Your Man
(But He Comes To See Me Sometimes)

(Perry Bradford / Lemuel Fowler)
5-26-1938 New York, New York Decca
7528
He Likes It Slow
(W. Benton Overstreet)
12-1925 New York, New York Paramount
12336
How Come You Do Me like You Do?
(Austin / Bergere)
1-1925 New York, New York Paramount
12249
I Don't Know And I Don't Care Blues (1)
(George Brooks)
5-1924 New York, New York Paramount
12208
I Don't Know And I Don't Care Blues (2)
(George Brooks)
5-1924 New York, New York Paramount
12208
I'm Gonna Get You
(Porter Grainger / Bob Ricketts)
1-1923 New York, New York Black Swan 14138-B
I'm Through With You
(As I Can Be)

(Billy Higgins)
10-1922 New York, New York
14132-B
Black Swan
14132-B
Jack, I'm Mellow
(Gerry / House)
5-26-1938 New York, New York Decca
7528
Log Cabin Blues
(Tom Delaney)
3-1923 New York, New York Black Swan
14142-A
Long Lost, Weary Blues 3-1922 New York, New York Black Swan
2044-B
Love Me Like You Used To Do
With Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra

(Paul Carter)
12-1925 New York, New York Paramount
12330-B
Mining Camp Blues (1)
(Trixie Smith)
2-1925 New York, New York Paramount
12256-A
Mining Camp Blues (2)
(Trixie Smith)
2-1925 New York, New York Paramount
12256-A
My Man Rocks Me
(With One Steady Roll)

(J. Berni Barbour)
9-1922 New York, New York Black Swan
14127-B
Paramount
12164-B
My Unusual Man
(Porter Grainger)
5-26-1938 New York, New York Decca
7489 B
My Daddy Rocks Me (1)
(J. Berni Barbour)
5-26-1938 New York, New York Decca
My Daddy Rocks Me - No. 2
(J. Berni Barbour)
5-26-1938 New York, New York Decca
7617 A
No Good Man 6-14-1939 New York, New York Decca
7617 B
Pensacola Blues
(Spencer Williams)
4-1922 New York, New York Black Swan
14114-B
Praying Blues
(Jay Guy Suddoth)
9-1924 New York, New York Paramount
12232-A
Railroad Blues (1)
(Trixie Smith)
3-1925 New York, New York Paramount
12262-A
Railroad Blues (2)
(Trixie Smith)
3-1925 New York, New York Paramount
12262-A
Ride Jockey Ride
(Arthur Schell Jr.)
12-1924 New York, New York Paramount
12245
Sorrowful Blues
(Trixie Smith / Johns)
5-1924 New York, New York Paramount
12208
Take It Daddy It's All Yours
(Perry Bradford)
10-1922 New York, New York Paramount
12165-A
Black Swan
14132-A
The World's Gone Jazz Crazy And So Am I (1)
(William Henry Huff / Jimmy Blythe)
3-1925 New York, New York Paramount
12262-B
The World's Gone Jazz Crazy And So Am I (2)
(William Henry Huff / Jimmy Blythe)
3-1925 New York, New York Paramount
12262-B
Tired Of Waiting Blues
(Porter Grainger / Bob Ricketts)
3-1923 New York, New York Black Swan
14149-A
Triflin' Blues
(Porter Grainger / Bob Ricketts)
3-1923 New York, New York Black Swan
14149-B
Trixie's Blues
(Trixie Smith)
1-1922 New York, New York Black Swan
2039-B
Trixie's Blues
(Trixie Smith)
5-26-1938 New York, New York Decca
7469
2 A.M. Blues
(J.C. Johnson / Roland Irving)
1-1923 New York, New York Black Swan 14138-A
Voodoo Blues
(Hegamin)
3-1923 New York, New York Black Swan
14142-B
You Missed A Good Women
When You Picked All Over Me

(Williams)
3-1922 New York, New York Black Swan
2044-A
You've Got To Beat Me To Keep Me
(Porter Grainger)
2-1925 New York, New York Paramount
12256-B
Artist Instrument
Henry "Red" Allen Cornet
Louis Armstrong Cornet
Sidney Bechet Clarinet
Barney Bigard Clarinet
Edgar Campbell Clarinet
Sidney Catlett Drums
Buster Bailey Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Teddy Bunn Guitar
Edgar Campbell Clarinet
Elmer Chambers Banjo
Charlie Dixon Banjo
Ralph Esudero Tuba
Richard Fullbright Bass
Frank Signorelli Piano
Charlie Green Trombone
Flethcher Henderson Piano
James P. Johnson Piano
Jimmy Lytell Clarinet
Miff Mole Trombone
Phil Napoleon Clarinet
Ted Nixon Trombone
Sam Price Piano
Don Redman Clarinet
Jack Roth Drums
Howard Scott Cornet
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Joe Smith Trumpet
Russell Smith Trumpet
O'Neil Spencer Drums
Walter Watkins Tenor Saxophone