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Although overshadowed in the annals of blues history by her contemporaries Gertrude "Ma" Rainey and Bessie Smith, Sara Martin was a true pioneer in her own right as a performer and recording artist. Martin was a popular vaudeville act on the Theater Owners' Booking Association (TOBA) circuit that showcased African-American artists, and she also enjoyed a prolific career as a recording artist on the OKeh and Columbia labels. In the 1920s she made well over 100 records on those labels, often recording songs she co-wrote, such as "Mean Tight Mama" and "Mama's Got the Blues." Martin also worked with some of the other early blues giants of the day, such as W.C


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