From the Record Shelves #68

Dreaming of You

Spivey Reissues LP 2001

The singer has herself organized the record company. In this release of an LP with some of her best early performances there is a comment from her regarding every track. Spivey record production has of course got its name from Victoria Spivey, born 1906 in Houston and raised in Dallas where she started her career as pianist at a local theater at 12 years of age. Her recording debut was made in St Louis in 1926 when she sang her own composition Black Snake Blues.

About this track from 1936 she remembers that her sister Sweet Peas Spivey and Dorothy Scott played dual on the piano. The trumpet is played by New Orleans man Lee Collins, taking a solo well backed up by the drums of Bud Washington.

“High blues fidelity” it says on the record label. Victoria Spivey was friends with a lot of persons in both the jazz and blues circles from the early 20s and on. She must have been a nice person beside her great talent as a singer, musician and composer of original blues songs. When I see her honest and natural appearance in King Vidor’s film Hallelujah from 1929 I want to be her friend too.