Sippie Wallace Day

November 1, 1898 – November 1, 1986

Suitcase Blues

Singer-songwriter Sippie Wallace was born on November 1, 1898 in Plum Bayou, Arkansas.

Like many jazz musicians, Wallace was first exposed to music through church.

She recorded over 40 sides for Okeh Records in the 1920s, accompanied by Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, King Oliver, and other stars of 1920s jazz.

Sippie Wallace performs the original composition “Suitcase Blues” in this undated film clip.