"St. Louis Blues" by the Songbird of Manzanar / by Cody Lee Edison

     This clip is of Mary Kageyama Nomura, also know as The Songbird of Manzanar, performing W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues." Mary began singing this song, when she was 16 or 17, while she was interned at the Manzanar relocation camp in the Eastern Sierra during WWII.  "St. Louis Blues" became one of the first blues pop songs and was performed by jazz, blues and country icons like : Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Ethel Waters, Bing Crosby, Fats Waller and even Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. This performance did not make it into my short film about Mary, but I wanted to make it available online.