Tag Archives: Blues

Denise Perrier

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Denise Perrier Circles the Globe Singing Jazz and Blues

  Although singer Denise Perrier was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, her music education didn’t really begin until she relocated to Oakland with her mother and older sister in 1945.
Lillian Glenn, Oakland, 1979.  Photo by Ken Green from the Lee Hildebrand collection.

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Blues “Gave Me the Experience to Stand Fast for the Master,” said Lillian Glenn

    “I’ve got the meanest feelin’ I ever had. The man I got treated me so bad…I’m gettin’ mighty tired the way my daddy’s doggin’ me,” Lillian Glenn wailed in a robust contralto on [...]
Dorothy Morrison

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Dorothy Morrison Still Performing 40 Years after “Oh Happy Day”

Dorothy Morrison, whose spirit-filled contralto lead vocals sparked the 1969 hit “Oh Happy Day” by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, sat in a semicircle last Thursday rehearsing “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America” and other patriotic [...]
Late vocalist Sista Monica Parker.

Bay Area African American Women in Music: Sista Monica Saw No Contradiction in Blues and Gospel

The late vocalist Sista Monica Parker was blessed with an uncanny power to move people. She could bring audiences to tears, whether belting the blues on nightclub and festival stages or wailing gospel songs in [...]