Stars of Vaudeville #360: Lovey Austin

Originally posted in 2011

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 SmithIda CoxMa RaineyEthel 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 vaudeville past and presentconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famousavailable at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.


And don’t miss my new book Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Media, also available from etc etc etc


One Response to “Stars of Vaudeville #360: Lovey Austin”

  1. Thanks for this. Who is playing clarinet?

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