Lovey Austin (born this day in 1887) was a college-trained blues piano player and band leader who worked in black vaudeville, night clubs, movie theatres and record albums. Her salad days were the 1920s when she and her Blues Serenaders recorded and played with the likes of Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, Hattie McDaniel and Alberta Hunter. In 1923, she made her base of operations Chicago. She rode out the Depression playing in a local movie theatre, and made some sporadic recordings over the next few decades. She passed away in 1972.
And now here are Lovie Austin and her Blues Serenaders playing “Don’t Shake it No More.”
To find out more about these variety artists and the history of vaudeville, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.