Ida Cox, “Fore Day Creep”

Fore day creep means to sneak around at night and cheat. Blues legends Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson turned infidelity into a full-time job. Every woman in the post-war blues circuit knew this, but no one put their foot down on 78 with as much style as Ida Cox. “Fore Day Creep” was recorded in Chicago along with 3 other sides in the summer of 1927. A bluesy piano number, Ida Cox announces in “Fore Day Creep” that she will make her man sleep with a bull dog because she knows he’s a genuine fore day creep. Enjoy this swinging number with your partners, ideally during the day.

Ida Cox, “Fore Day Creep (play/download mp3)

Ida Cox “Mojo Hand Blues”

Ida Cox was perhaps one of the most successful blues women of the early twentieth-century. She was known as the ‘Uncrowned Queen of the Blues’. Not only did she work her way through the early blues circuit to become a headliner, but she also reached a different level of fame by becoming a successful vaudeville performer. With her elegant voice and strong vocals you get a sense for her strength, “Mojo Hand Blues” is a love song about loving and keeping a man, but whereas other singers might allude to being unworthy, Ida makes sure to let us know that a gal like her “is mighty hard to find.”   

Ida Cox – “Mojo Hand Blues (play/download mp3)