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The First Lady Of British Blues

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The First Lady Of British Blues
The First Lady Of British Blues


By far the outstanding, most powerful female British Blues/R&B singer of her era, former Belfast art teacher Ottilie Patterson sang with Chris Barber's band between 1955-73.

Although the slight, demure Ottilie looked like a shy Irish coleen, she sang like a white Bessie Smith, as Louis Armstrong once famously observed. She recorded prolifically, both as a solo artiste and as an ensemble band member, and this compilation is drawn from both sources.

Includes a handful of solo singles, plus seven sides from her critically-acclaimed 1961 solo LP, "Blues Book Vol.1", alongside tracks from The Chris Barber Band's three biggest-selling albums, "In Concert, Vols 1, 2 & 3". Features duets with Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and Louis Jordan.

Ottilie was an exceptional live performer, and 10 of these sides are either from official Live albums or gigs which Barber recorded professionally, but were unreleased at the time.

A half-dozen or so of these twenty-seven sides are virtually impossible to find elsewhere on CD.


  1. Name
  2. I Hate A Man Like You (Live)
  3. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
  4. Beale St. Blues
  5. Kay Cee Rider
  6. I Love My Baby
  7. Mean Mistreater (Live)
  8. Lowland Blues (Live)
  9. When The Saints Go Marching In (Live) (With Sister Rosetta Tharpe)
  10. When Things Go Wrong (Live) (With Sonny Terry & Brownie Mcghee)
  11. Moonshine Man (Live)
  12. Georgia Grind (Live)
  13. Strange Things Happening Every Day (Live)
  14. Trombone Cholly
  15. As Long As I'm Moving
  16. Bad Spell Blues
  17. Kid Man Blues
  18. Four Point Blues
  19. It's All Over
  20. Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean
  21. Tell Me Why
  22. Me And My Chauffeur Blues
  23. Lordy Lordy It Hurts So Bad
  24. Only The Blues
  25. Cant Afford To Do It (Live)
  26. Weeping Willow Blues (Live)
  27. I Hate Myself (For Being So Mean To You)
  28. T'aint Nobody's Business If I Do (With Louis Jordan)
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