Come out to Norman Public Library West for a performance from Ebony Voices honoring the life of Dorothy Ellis!
Dorothy Ellis, better known as Miss Blues was Oklahoma's "Queen of the Blues." Born in Direct, Texas, Miss Blues began singing the Blues at the early age of 6 or 7 years old. She earned her first $2.50 singing her favorite song in a junk joint. From then on she knew that she would be a blues singer. Miss Blues moved to Oklahoma and co-founded the "Rocking Aces" with her husband John Ellis. Her career spanned more than 75 years. She wrote poetry, earned a masters degree, produced several albums, published "Hoecakes and Collard Greens" and sand the Blues!
Good Morning Blues
Blues how do you do
Well I feel alright
I just came to worry you
Ebony Voices is a storytelling unit of Rhythmically Speaking that incorporates music and womanly style in the telling of stories from the perspective of women. Women who have been birthin' and burpin' and buildin' a bold new body of people as they redefine the boundaries of their time. They deal with a wide array of issues and themes real and imagined, projected in song and story. Ebony Voices specializes in original songs replete with acappella harmonies that plant their stories in the hearts and minds of the audience.