Label: Document Records
Release Date: March 5, 1996
Releases: 1996, 2000, 2005
Recording Time: 77 minutes
Recording Date: July 16, 1922 - October, 1923
Styles: Classic Female Blues.
Lucille Hegamin was one of the finest singers on records during the first half of the '20s. Her strong voice and easy to take delivery resulted in her having a large recorded output in the period. The second of three Document CDs that has all of her recordings prior to 1960 features Hegamin backed by several unidentified bands (mostly the Dixie Daisies but also her Blue Flame Syncopators, her Bang-Up Six from Georgia, and Sam Wooding's Society Entertainers) or just the piano of J. Russell Robinson or Cyril J. Fullerton. The recording quality is not bad for the time and the highlights among the 25 songs include "I've Got What It Takes But It Breaks My Heart to Give It Away," "Beale St. Mama," "Aggravatin' Papa," her third version of "He May Be Your Man But He Comes to See Me Sometimes," "Down Hearted Blues," "Saint Louis Gal," and "Dina." This series should be of strong interest to vintage classic blues collectors even though Hegamin was never technically a blues singer.
by Scott Yanow
Credits: Lovie Austin - composer; Sterling Conaway - banjo; Demas Dean - cornet; Bob Haring - leader; Harold Hatter - clarinet, sax (alto); Lucille Hegamin - primary artist, vocals; Alberta Hunter - composer; Maceo Jefferson - banjo; Johnny Parth - producer; Russell Robinson - piano; Chris Smith - liner notes; Gerhard Wessely - remastering; Wilson - trombone; Sam Wooding - piano.
Tracks: 1) I've Got To Cool My Puppies Now; 2) Send Back My Honey Man; 3) I've Got What It Takes But It Breaks My Heart To Give It Away; 4) Can't Get Lovin' Blues; 5) Beale St. Mama (Why Don't You Come Back Home); 6) Aggravatin' Papa (Don't You Try To Two-Time Me); 7) Papa Papa (I Don't Want To Be Your Mama No More); 8) He May Be Your Man (But He Comes To See Me Sometime) (306); 9) Syncopatin' Mama; 10) Your Man - My Man; 11) Waiting For The Evening Mail (Sitting On The Inside Looking At The Outside); 12) Now You've Got Him Can You Hold Him (I Don't Think You Know Your Business Blues); 13) Two Time Dan; 14) Wet Yo' Thumb; 15) Bleeding Hearted Blues; 16) Down Hearted Blues; 17) Wanna Go South Again Blues; 18) Some Early Morning; 19) Land Of Cotton Blues; 20) Sweet Papa Joe; 21) Sam Jones Blues (You Ain't Talkin' To Mrs Jones); 22) Saint Louis Gal; 23) Cold Cold Winter Blues; 24) Dina; 25) Lovey Come Back.