Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
(b Beulah Thomas, 1 Nov. 1898, Houston TX; d 1 Nov. '86) Blues singer; played organ and piano. One of 13 children; brother George W. Thomas Jr was composer/ publisher/ musician (d '36), niece Hociel Thomas was well-known blues singer (b 10 July '04, Houston; d 22 Aug. '52, Oakland CA; recorded with Louis Armstrong '25- 6, on Circle and Riverside labels '46). Sippie recorded with Eddie Heywood, Clarence Williams, Sidney Bechet, King Oliver, Perry Bradford, Armstrong '23-7, all on Okeh, incl. Williams Blue Five session with Armstrong and Bechet '24. Recorded for Victor '29; she worked outside music, did not record again until '45 on Mercury with Albert Ammons. Began playing festivals etc '60s, live tracks on various labels; also with Jim Kweskin Jug Band '67 (and Otis Spann) on Reprise/Mountain Railroad; recorded for Spivey '70; Sippie Wallace Sings The Blues '66 on Storyville made in Copenhagen with Roosevelt Sykes and Little Brother Montgomery reissued on Alligator as Woman be Wise. Sippie on Atlantic incl. Bonnie Raitt.