Lizzie Miles

Lizzie Miles

born on 31/3/1895 in New Orleans, LA, United States

died on 17/3/1963 in New Orleans, LA, United States

Lizzie Miles

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Lizzie Miles was the stage name taken by Elizabeth Mary Landreaux (March 31, 1895 March 17, 1963),[1] an African-American blues singer.[2]


Miles was born in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, in a dark-skinned Francophone Creole ("Creole of Color") family. She traveled widely with minstrel and circus shows in the 1910s, and made her first phonograph recordings in New York of blues songs in 1922 – although she did not like to be referred to as a "blues singer", since she sang a wide repertoire of music.

In the mid-1920s Miles spent time performing in Paris, before returning to the United States. She suffered a serious illness and retired from the music industry in the 1930s.[2] Not before she recorded "My Man O' War", described by one music journalist as "a composition stuffed with rococo suggestiveness".[3] In the 1940s she returned to New Orleans, where Joe Mares encouraged her to sing againwhich she did, but always from in front of, or beside the stage, since she said she had vowed in a prayer not to go on stage again if she recovered from her illness. Miles was based in San Francisco, California, in the early 1950s, then again returned to New Orleans where she recorded with several Dixieland and traditional jazz bands and made regular radio broadcasts, often performing with Bob Scobey or George Lewis.[1]

In 1958 Miles appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival. In 1959 she quit singing, except for gospel music. She died in New Orleans, from a heart attack, in March 1963.[4]

Woody Allen included her version of "A Good Man is Hard to Find" on the soundtrack of his 2013 film Blue Jasmine.[5]

Her half-sister Edna Hicks was also a blues singer.[2]

Selected discography

Year of Release Album Title Label
1956 Hot Songs My Mother Taught Me Cook Records
1956 Moans and Blues Cook
1956 Torchy Lullabies My Mother Sang Me Cook

See also

  • Classic female blues
  • Emerson Records
  • Southland Records
  • Circle Records
  • List of classic female blues singers
  • List of people from New Orleans, Louisiana


  1. 1.0 1.1 Biography of Lizzie Miles at All Music Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Lizzie Miles. Retrieved on November 17, 2011.
  3. Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray, Dubai: Carlton Books Limited.
  4. - accessed December 2009
  5. - accessed July 2013

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