Talk:Ida Cox

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Date of Birth[edit]

What is the source for the DOB? I've consulted The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, and it gives her DOB as 25 February 1896. *Exeunt* Ganymead | Dialogue? 16:47, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

I also question the date. My copy of the album "Wild Women Don't Have The Blues", Ida Cox, Foremothers, Vol 1, issued by Rosetta Records in 1981 has extensive (3 pages) of liner notes on Ms. Cox. It reports that "Ida Cox was born Ida Prather on February 25, 1889, a pisces, in Cedartown, Georgia." The liner notes were written by the producer of the album, Rosetta Reitz. This album is a reissue of the Riverside Records RLP 9374. - WESmith

The date, according to Ida herself (as given to me by her in 1961) was February 25, 1896. Rosetta Reitz exploited the blues ladies, but knew very little about them. (BTW I produced the Riverside album from which she took the material on her Rosetta label. -- Chris Albertson —Preceding unsigned comment added by Christiern Albertson (talkcontribs) 20:38, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

I've noted the uncertainty. Eagle and LeBlanc, Blues:A Regional Experience, which many would regard as the most definitive research on blues performers' dates, say that the 1900 census indicates her as aged 12, suggesting an 1888 birth; and that her Social Security application indicated 1894 birth. Anyway, I've mentioned the uncertainty in the text, while noting that many sources - perhaps wrongly - do indeed give 1896. Ghmyrtle (talk) 15:41, 2 October 2016 (UTC)
One of my CDs says 1889, the other says, "There is some doubt as to her exact age (and I, for one, did not consider even the gathering of biographical data sufficient excuse for asking "Miss Ida" a direct question on the subject) but even the 1889 birthdate given by some printed sources may be stretching things a bit . . ." - from the liner notes of her 1961 record with the Coleman Hawkins Quintet. Einar aka Carptrash (talk) 16:00, 2 October 2016 (UTC)

Jelly Roll at 81 Theater in 1920s[edit]

I don't have William Barlow's book which is given as a source for Jelly Roll Morton having headlined at Atlanta's "81" Theater in the 1920s. I have, however done extensive research to verify that claim, but found nothing that might even indicate such a booking. Does anyone know what Barlow's source was? If so, please post it here. Thank you, Christiern Albertson (talk) 20:03, 20 July 2008 (UTC)