Ma Rainey - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
From the earliest childhood, Gertrude Rainey felt that the Blues were expressive of the heart of the south. All these years later, one is still impressed by Ma Rainey's unaffected, somber vocal delivery. Her records give credence to the numerous legends that she was Bessie Smith's musical godmother. Ma Rainey taught many Blues singers who are popular today, and is worshipped as the true mother of the Blues.