When I was a DJ on Simon Fraser University’s student campus radio, in the 1990s, I often played a cd called “Sissyman Blues”. It was a collection of 1920s and 30s American Black Lesbians and Gay Men.
I was been unable to find anything online about this cd and the only record that I even have of it is because I cassette recorded most of my radio broadcasts.
Can you shed any light or point me to a collection?
I vaugle recall that there was a woman singer and the song used the slang of the time
“would anyone here like to try my cabbage?”
I do have a number of cassettes of my radio shows where the songs are included and one show, I did play the entire album so I could tape it.
Funny I used to do theme shows – once doing a show of only songs with the word “baby” in the title – what a mix of genres that was!
and another I interviewed a Canadian Punk Band called Little Green Men on the day the Shuffle Demons played the campus. So it was an interview with a band for the radio and then photos for the paper of the concert!
making the best of the college experience, eh?
later in community volunteering – I did an interview with Canadian writer David Watmough on his 20th novel.
and I recorded the Vancouver Show of the final Texas US Lesbian Folk Band – Two Nice Girls.
Sissy Man Blues: 25 Authentic Straight & Gay Blues & Jazz Vocals
- Sissy Man Blues – Connie McLean / Rhythm Boys Time: 2:42
- Garbage Man (The Call of the Freaks) – Harlem Hamfats Time: 2:17
- It’s Tight Like That – Tampa Red Time: 2:31
- Prove It on Me Blues – Ma Rainey Time: 2:22
- The Boy in the Boat – George Hannah / Meade “Lux” Lewis Time: 2:04
- Freakish Man Blues – George Hannah / Meade “Lux” Lewis Time: 2:34
- B.D. Woman’s Blues – Bessie Jackson / Walter Roland Time: 2:37
- Dirty Dozens – Speckled Red Time: 2:40
- Ain’t That a Mess? – Al Miller Time: 2:41
- Fairey Blues – Peg Leg Howell Time: 3:04
- Freakish Rider Blues – Bert “Snake Root” Hatton Time: 2:59
- Toothache Blues – Lonnie Johnson / Victoria Spivey Time: 2:57
- Anybody Here Want to Try My Cabbage? – Louis Armstrong / Maggie Jones Time: 2:33
- Take Your Hands Off It – Lil Johnson Time: 2:24
- I’m Gonna Keep My Hair Parted – Washboard Sam & His Washboard Band Time: 2:48
- I’m a Mighty Tight Woman – Sippie Wallace / Thomas, Herschal Time: 2:31
- Gas Man Blues – John Bird / Mae Glover Time: 2:41
- Black Snake Blues – Victoria Spivey Time: 2:54
- I Got What It Takes – Blanche Calloway Time: 3:02
- Somebody’s Been Usin’ That Thing – Hokum Boys Time: 2:30
- Shave ‘Em Dry – Papa Charlie Jackson Time: 2:02
- Two Old Maids in a Folding Bed – Monette Moore Time: 2:43
- Rollin’ Mama Blues – Blind Willie McTell / Ruby Glaze Time: 2:41
- Windy City Blues – Ladson, Ruth & Three Shadows Time: 2:40
- Sissy Man Blues – Pinewood Tom / White, Josh Time: 2:33