Lee Morse

Real Name:
Lena Corinne Taylor
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Popular female singer of the 1920s and early 1930s (born 30 November 1897 in Cove, Oregon, USA – died 16 December 1954 in Rochester, New York, USA)

Born in a small village in Oregon's Grand Ronde Valley, Lee Morse began performing in public at an early age. Later she joined Pantages vaudeville circuit, appeared at the Palace Theatre in New York City, and performed in the musical revues "Hitchy-Koo" and "Artists and Models". In 1924, she landed a contract with the Pathé Phonograph & Radio Corp. and began to release records on the Pathé and Perfect (3) labels. In 1927, she switched to the Columbia label. In 1933, she briefly recorded for RCA Victor, with releases on RCA's low-budget labels Bluebird (3) and Montgomery Ward, but her career waned. She tried two comebacks, in 1938, when she recorded a few titles for Decca, and in 1950.

Lee Morse performed blues, ballads, and minstrel songs, often accompanying herself on her guitar. About a third of her repertoire was written by herself. One of her hits was the depression-era song "I've Got Five Dollars." In 1930, she was featured in three short films, "Song Service," "A Million Me's," and "The Music Racket."

Today, Lee Morse is best remembered for the backing bands that were assembled for her recording sessions under the name of the Bluegrass Boys. The bands featured many of the best White jazz musicians of the 1920s. Presumably, the band was called the Bluegrass Boys to make it sound as if they were from the South (Kentucky is called the Bluegrass State). Lee Morse's family had Southern roots but she grew up in Oregon and Idaho; few if any of the excellent Jazz musicians who played on these records were from the South. The band's music has nothing to do with the string band style of music called Bluegrass that arose in the 1940s.
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Singles & EPs

12165 Lee Morse - Bring Back Those Rock-A-Bye Baby Days / Mail Man Blues album art Lee Morse Bring Back Those Rock-A-Bye Baby Days / Mail Man Blues Perfect (3) 12165 US 1924 Sell This Version
025156 Lee Morse - What-Cha-Call-'Em-Blues / Only This Time I'll Be True album art Miss Lee Morse And Her Blue Grass Boys / Miss Lee Morse* Miss Lee Morse And Her Blue Grass Boys / Miss Lee Morse* - What-Cha-Call-'Em-Blues / Only This Time I'll Be True Perfect (3) 025156 US 1925 Sell This Version
032103 Lee Morse - Me Neenyah = My Little One / Golden Dream Girl album art Miss Lee Morse* Me Neenyah = My Little One / Golden Dream Girl Perfect (3) 032103 US 1925 Sell This Version
11586 Lee Morse - Cecilia / Blue Soldier Blues album art Miss Lee Morse* Cecilia / Blue Soldier Blues Perfect (3) 11586 US 1925 Sell This Version
12181 Lee Morse - All Alone / Lee's Lullaby album art Miss Lee Morse* All Alone / Lee's Lullaby Perfect (3) 12181 US 1925 Sell This Version
1003 Lee Morse - Too Tired / I Want To See My Tennessee album art Miss Lee Morse* Too Tired / I Want To See My Tennessee Perfect (3) 1003 US 1925 Sell This Version
025147 Lee Morse - Are You Sorry / The Shadows On The Wall album art Miss Lee Morse And Her Blue Grass Boys / Miss Lee Morse* Miss Lee Morse And Her Blue Grass Boys / Miss Lee Morse* - Are You Sorry / The Shadows On The Wall Perfect (3) 025147 US 1925 Sell This Version
11591 Lee Morse - Sweet Man / I'se Gwine Back To Dixie album art Miss Lee Morse And Her Blue Grass Boys / Miss Lee Morse* Miss Lee Morse And Her Blue Grass Boys / Miss Lee Morse* - Sweet Man / I'se Gwine Back To Dixie Pathé Actuelle 11591 US 1925 Sell This Version
10949 Lee Morse - Yes Sir, That's My Baby / Ukelele Lady album art Lee Morse Yes Sir, That's My Baby / Ukelele Lady(Shellac, 10") Pathé Actuelle 10949 UK 1925 Sell This Version
032100 Lee Morse - Too Tired / I Want To See My Tennessee album art Miss Lee Morse* Too Tired / I Want To See My Tennessee(Shellac, 10", Bro) Pathé Actuelle 032100 US 1925 Sell This Version
25165 Lee Morse - I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight / My Sugar Babe album art Lee Morse I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight / My Sugar Babe(Shellac, 10") Pathé Actuelle 25165 US 1925 Sell This Version
11582 Lee Morse - Dallas Blues / Rocking Chair Blues album art Miss Lee Morse* Dallas Blues / Rocking Chair Blues(Shellac, 10", Bro) Perfect (3) 11582 US 1925 Sell This Version
025155 Miss Lee Morse* I'm Tired Of Everything But You / Best Of All(Shellac, 10") Pathé 025155 US 1925 Sell This Version
11052 Lee Morse (The Unique)* I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight ? / Are You Sorry (Shellac, 10") Actuelle 11052 UK 1925 Sell This Version
25184 Lee Morse - Lonesome And Sorry / A Little Love album art Miss Lee Morse And Her Blue Grass Boys / Miss Lee Morse* Miss Lee Morse And Her Blue Grass Boys / Miss Lee Morse* - Lonesome And Sorry / A Little Love Pathé Actuelle 25184 US 1926 Sell This Version
11600 Lee Morse - My Old Kentucky Home / The Old Folks At Home album art Miss Lee Morse* My Old Kentucky Home / The Old Folks At Home Pathé Actuelle 11600 US 1926 Sell This Version
11599 Lee Morse - I Wonder Where My Baby Is To-Night / My Sugar Babe album art Miss Lee Morse* I Wonder Where My Baby Is To-Night / My Sugar Babe(Shellac, 10", Bro) Perfect (3) 11599 US 1926 Sell This Version
11606 Lee Morse - In The Middle Of The Night / Mother And Dad album art Miss Lee Morse* / Miss Lee Morse And Her Blue Grass Boys Miss Lee Morse* / Miss Lee Morse And Her Blue Grass Boys - In The Middle Of The Night / Mother And Dad(Shellac, 10", Bro) Perfect (3) 11606 US 1926 Sell This Version
11631 Lee Morse - To-Night You Belong To Me / If You're Missing Me album art Miss Lee Morse* To-Night You Belong To Me / If You're Missing Me(Shellac, 10", Bro) Perfect (3) 11631 US 1926 Sell This Version
11624 Lee Morse - Animal Crackers / My Red-Headed, Blue-Eyed Colleen album art Miss Lee Morse And Her Blue Grass Boys / Miss Lee Morse* Miss Lee Morse And Her Blue Grass Boys / Miss Lee Morse* - Animal Crackers / My Red-Headed, Blue-Eyed Colleen(Shellac, 10", Bro) Perfect (3) 11624 US 1926 Sell This Version
11635 Lee Morse - The Little White House / Lonely Nights album art Miss Lee Morse And Her Blue Grass Boys / Miss Lee Morse* Miss Lee Morse And Her Blue Grass Boys / Miss Lee Morse* - The Little White House / Lonely Nights Pathé Actuelle 11635 US 1927 Sell This Version
1149-D Lee Morse - I've Looked All Over For A Girl Like You / Dawning album art Lee Morse I've Looked All Over For A Girl Like You / Dawning(Shellac, 10") Columbia 1149-D US 1927 Sell This Version
974-D Lee Morse - Side By Side / My Idea Of Heaven (Is To Be In Love With You) album art Lee Morse Side By Side / My Idea Of Heaven (Is To Be In Love With You)(Shellac, 10") Columbia 974-D US 1927 Sell This Version
11247 Lee Morse - Someone Is Losin' Susan / He's Still My Baby album art Lee Morse Someone Is Losin' Susan / He's Still My Baby(Shellac, 10") Actuelle 11247 UK 1927 Sell This Version
1011-D Lee Morse - I'd Love To Be In Love / Where The Wild, Wild Flowers Grow album art Lee Morse I'd Love To Be In Love / Where The Wild, Wild Flowers Grow(Shellac, 10") Columbia 1011-D US 1927 Sell This Version