Addie Spivey

Real Name:
Addie Spivey
Born August 22.1910 in Houston, Tx.
Died in 1943.
Sister of Victoria Spivey
This blues vocalist from the late '20s and '30s worked under the pseudonym of Sweet Peas, giving shop owners the option of filing her product amongst the frozen foods. With the classic blues style's emphasis on different types of food as a metaphor for sexual encounters, it only seems natural that a performer in the genre would provide themselves with an edible name, although the practice hasn't spread much beyond Addie Spivey. She is often confused with her sister, the more famous Victoria Spivey, both of whom grew up around music, as their father had his own string band. Sister Victoria's fatter discography of recordings under her own name was certainly enriched by her starting up one of the first musician-owned blues labels. Not so for Sweet Peas, whose few recordings and alternate takes are shrouded in obscurity, the backgrounds of some of her backup players unknown. It is also worth mentioning slight variations in the use of her pseudonym. She did her first recordings for Victor in 1929 as Sweet Peas, and of all her material this is often considered best due to classy backing by trumpeter Henry "Red" Allen. She recorded for Decca seven years later as Sweet Pease Spivey and cut for Bluebird as Sweet Peas Spivey the following year. Becoming the owner of this material, as her sister did, was hardly the case; in fact, these recordings seem to have entered the copyright zone known as "anything goes," resulting in her music being anthologized on blues compilations in several different countries.


Addie Spivey Discography Tracks


FXM1 7090 Addie Spivey - Volume 2 (1929) album art Henry "Red" Allen With Luis Russell, Wilton Crawley, Addie* And Victoria Spivey Henry "Red" Allen With Luis Russell, Wilton Crawley, Addie* And Victoria Spivey - Volume 2 (1929)(LP, Comp) RCA FXM1 7090 France 1974 Sell This Version