Victoria Spivey

Vocals, Piano, Writer, Producer, Label Owner

Date of Birth:  October 15, 1906    Houston, TX

Date of Death:  October 3, 1976    New York, NY

Place of Burial:  Greenfield Cemetery

                         650 Nassau Road

                         Uniondale, NY 11553

Has Marker:  Yes

Grave Location:  Space 396-6

Victoria Spivey, Black Snake Blues


Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order, Vol. 1 (11 May 1926 To 31 October 1927), Document Records (DOCD 5316)

Complete Works In Chronological Order, Vol. 2 (31 October 1927 To 24 September 1929), Document Records (DOCD 5317)

Complete Works In Chronological Order, Vol. 3 (1 October 1929 To 7 July 1936), Document Records (DOCD 5318)

Complete Works In Chronological Order, Vol. 4 (30 August 1936 To 21 July 1937), Document Records (DOCD 5319)

Victoria And Her Blues, Spivey Records (LP 1002)

Victoria Spivey And The Easy Riders Jazz Band, G.H.B. (GHB-17)

Woman Blues, Prestige Bluesville (BV-1054)

Roosevelt Sykes / Victoria Spivey ‎– Grind It! The Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival Volume 3, Sequel Records (NEX CD 284)

Victoria Spivey And Her "Danny Boy", Danny Russo, Spivey Records (LP 1023)

Otis Spann, Sammy Lawhorn, Victoria Spivey ‎– Up In The Queens Pad! A Musical Parlor Social Deluxe!!, Spivey Records (LP 1031)


Barkley, Ron et al. The Handbook of Texas Music. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 2003.

Barlow, William. Looking Up At Down: The Emergence of Blues Culture. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1989.

Bogdanov, Vladimir et al. (Ed.). All Music Guide to The Blues. San Francisco: Backbeat Books, 2003, 3rd Edition.

Büchmann-Møller, Frank. You Just Fight For Your Life: The Story of Lester Young. New York: Praeger, 1990.

Charters, Samuel B. The Country Blues. New York: Da Capo Press, 1975.

______. Walking A Blues Road. London: Marion Boyars Publishers, 2004.

Clayton, Lawrence and Joe W. Specht. The Roots of Texas Music. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2003.

Cohn, Lawrence. Nothing But the Blues. New York: Abbeville Press, 1993.

Corcoran, Michael. All Over the Map – True Heroes of Texas Music. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005.

Dahl, Linda. Stormy Weather: The Music and Lives of A Century of Jazz Women. New York: Limelight Editions, 1984.

Davis, Francis. The History of The Blues. New York: Hyperion, 1995.

Evans, David. Big Road Blues. New York: Da Capo Press, 1982.

Evans, David (Ed.). Ramblin’ On My Mind: New Perspectives on the Blues. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008.

Felps, Paula. Lone Stars and Legends: The Story of Texas Music. Plano: Republic of Texas Press, 2001.

Govenar, Alan. Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2008.

______ and Jay Brakefield. Deep Ellum: The Other Side of Dallas. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2013.

Groom, Bob. The Blues Revival. London: Studio Vista Limited, 1971.

Hamilton, Marybeth. In Search Of The Blues. New York: Basic Books, 2008.

Harris, Sheldon. Blues Who’s Who. New York: Da Capo Press, 1979.

Harrison, Daphne Duval. Black Pearls: Blues Queens of the 1920s. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1988.

______. “”Classic” Blues and Women Singers.” The Blackwell Guide to Blues Records. Cambridge, MA: Basil Blackwell, Inc., 1990, pp. 83-


Harrison, David. Blues – A Photographic Documentary. New York: Crescent Books, 1977.

Herzhaft, Gérard. Encyclopedia of the Blues (Second Edition). Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1997.

Koster, Rick. Texas Music. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998.

Kunstadt, Len. “Ann Arbor Blues Festival,” Record Research, Issue 109, February 1971, pp. 3-4. Accessed June 16, 2017.

______. “Pittsburgh Blues Festival,” Record Research, Issue 110, May 1971, pp. 6-7. Accessed June 16, 2017.

______ and Victoria Spivey. “The Newport Jazz Festival,” Record Research, Issue 62, August 1964, pp. 1, 3-4, 9. Accessed June 20, 2017.

______ and Victoria Spivey. “The Blues And Gospel Came To Newport,” Record Research, Issue 63, September 1964, pp. 1-5.   Accessed June 20, 2017.

Lawson, R.A. Jim Crow’s Counterculture: The Blues and Black Southerners 1890-1945. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2010.

Meckna, Michael. Satchmo: The Louis Armstrong Encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004.

Obrecht, Jas (Ed.). Rollin’ And Tumblin’. San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books, 2000.

Oliphant, Dave. Texan Jazz. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1996.

Oliver, Paul. Blues Off the Record. New York: Da Capo Press, 1984.

______. The Story of The Blues. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1997.

______. Barrelhouse Blues. Philadelphia: BasicCivitas Books, 2009.

Prather, Coy. "Victoria Spivey," Texas Music, Spring 2018, pp. 32-34.

Price, Sammy. What Do They Want? A Jazz Biography. Oxford, England: Bayou Press Limited, 1989.

Rolf, Julia (Ed.). The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Jazz & Blues. London: Flame Tree Publishing, 2007.

Sallis, James. The Guitar Players. New York: William Morrow & Co., 1982.

Sallis, James (Ed.). The Guitar in Jazz: An Anthology. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1996.

Santelli, Robert. The Big Book Of Blues. New York: Penguin Books, 2001 (revised).

Silvester, Peter J. The Story of Boogie-Woogie: A Left Hand Like God. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009.

Spivey, Victoria. “Blues Is My Business – My Play Brother, Hot Lip Page,” Record Research, Issue 47, November 1962, p. 12. Accessed June 17, 2017.

______. “Blues Are My Business – Sippie Wallace Sings Better Than Ever,” Record Research, Issue 69, July 1965, p. 7. Accessed June 21, 2017.

______. “Blind Lemon And I Had A Ball,” Record Research, Issue 76, May 1966, pp. 9-10.                Accessed June 22, 2017.

______. “Blues Are My Business – Robert Shaw: Texas Barrelhouse Piano,” Record Research, Issue 81, January 1967, p. 7. Accessed June 22, 2017.

______. “Blues Is My Business – She Was My Baby Even If She Was My Sister: The Coming Of Sweet Peas," Record Research, Issue 102,

     November 1969, p. 6. Accessed June 16, 2017.

Spivey wrote over 20 columns for Record Research.

Stanton, Scott. The Tombstone Tourist: Musicians. New York: Pocket Books, 2003 (Second Ed.).

Steptoe, Tyina L. Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City. Oakland: University of California Press, 2016.

Uzzel, Robert L. Blind Lemon Jefferson. Fort Worth: Eakin Press, 2002.

Walser, Robert (Ed.). Keeping Time: Reading in Jazz History. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Ward, Ed. The History Of Rock & Roll Volume One 1920-1963. New York: Flatiron Books, 2016.

Weeks, Todd Bryant. Luck’s In My Corner: The Life and Music of Hot Lips Page. New York: Routledge, 2008.

Wood, Roger and James Fraher. Down in Houston. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003.


“Texas Music Source: Our guide to eighty years of Texas Music,” Texas Monthly, December 31, 1969. Accessed July 19, 2017.

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