Elvie Thomas

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L. V. "Elvie" Thomas
Birth name L. V. Grant
Also known as Elvie Slack
Born (1891-08-07)August 7, 1891
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Died May 20, 1979(1979-05-20) (aged 87)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Genres Blues, country blues
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1908–1937
Labels Paramount
Associated acts Geeshie Wiley, Texas Alexander, Leroy Johnson, Leon Benton
Notable instruments

L.V. Thomas (née L.V. Grant, August 7, 1891 – May 20, 1979), better known as Elvie Thomas, was an American country blues singer and guitarist from Houston, Texas.


Thomas left school after the fifth grade and began playing guitar at the age of 11. She began performing at "country suppers" when she was 17. During the 1920s and 1930s, she performed with Texas Alexander, Leon Benton and Leroy Johnson.[1]

She recorded two songs issued by Paramount Records, "Motherless Child Blues" and "Over to My House", with Geeshie Wiley on second guitar, in March 1930.[2] The two recorded a duet, "Pick Poor Robin Clean", for Paramount in 1931,[3] and Thomas also backed Wiley on the three other surviving tracks from these recording sessions, playing second guitar on Wiley's "Last Kind Words Blues",[4] "Skinny Leg Blues",[5] and "Eagles on a Half."[6]

Her recordings for Paramount in 1930 and 1931 were labeled "Elvie Thomas". In an interview with blues researcher Robert "Mack" McCormick, she said of her name, "It's just the letters L. V.,...that's all the name I got, but he [Paramount representative Arthur Laibly or pressing foreman Alfred Schultz] made it out 'Elvie' someway."[1]

In her later years, Thomas sang in the choir at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Acres Homes, a suburb of Houston.[1]


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