November 1, 1898 – November 1, 1986
Sippie Wallace performs the original composition “Suitcase Blues” in this undated film clip.
Wallace, born Beulah Thomas in Plum Bayou, Arkansas, was a jazz and blues singer/songwriter. In the mid ’20s, Wallace recorded a series of commercially successful sides for Okeh Records, many of which she wrote herself.
Before making a career comeback in the ’60s, Wallace worked as a church singer and organist in Detroit.