Big Time Sarah

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Big Time Sarah
Birth nameSarah Streeter
Born(1953-01-31)January 31, 1953
Coldwater, Mississippi, United States
DiedJune 13, 2015(2015-06-13) (aged 62)
near Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years active1970s–2015
Associated actsSunnyland Slim

Sarah Streeter (January 31, 1953 – June 13, 2015), better known by her stage name Big Time Sarah, was an American blues singer.


She was born in Coldwater, Mississippi, and raised in Chicago, where she sang in gospel choirs in South Chicago churches.[1] At age 14, she began singing blues at the Morgan's Lounge Club, and in the 1970s she played with musicians such as Magic Slim, Buddy Guy, The Aces, Junior Wells, Johnny Bernard, and Erwin Helfer.[1][2]

Her experience playing with Sunnyland Slim led to her first solo release, a single released on his label, Airways Records.[1] Teamed with Zora Young and Bonnie Lee in 'Blues with the Girls', Sarah toured Europe in 1982 and recorded an album in Paris, France.[3] From 1989, she performed with a group called The BTS Express. From 1993 to 2015, she recorded for Delmark Records.[citation needed]


Big Time Sarah died on June 13, 2015, from heart complications in a Chicago-area nursing home. She was 62.[4]


Studio albums
Year Title Label
1985 Undecided Blues R&B Recording
1993 Lay It on 'em Girls Delmark
1996 Blues in the Year One-D-One Delmark
2001 A Million of You Delmark
Compilation albums
Year Title Label
2001 Long Tall Daddy w/Sunnyland Slim Arcola Records
1982 Blues with the Girls Epm Musique


  1. ^ a b c Wynn, Ron. Big Time Sarah at Allmusic.
  2. ^ Santelli, Robert. The Big Book of Blues. Penguin, 1993, pp. 33-34. Google Books
  3. ^ Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 195. ISBN 1-85868-255-X.
  4. ^ Chicago blues legend 'Big Time Sarah' dies at 62,; accessed June 16, 2015.

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