Bea Booze

" Wee " Bea Booze (* May 23, 1920 in Baltimore as Muriel Nichols, † 1975) was an American R & B and jazz singer and guitarist.

Bea Booze began in the 1940s, her career as a singer in New York's Harlem, where she performed as " Wee Bea ", " Bee Bea " or as " Beatrice Booze ". For Decca took her on from 1942 cover versions of songs by Lil Green; her mentor was there Sammy Price, as with the war song "War Rationin ' Daddy." Their version of " See See Rider Blues", which was first sung by Ma Rainey, reached # 1 on the R & B charts, which earned her the nickname The See See Rider Blues Girl. In her performances, she played to her singing and guitar, as well as on many of their recordings. In 1944 she sang accompanied by Sammy Price Trio "These Young Men"; End of the 40s she took as a jazz vocalist with the Andy Kirk band ( " Alabama Bound" ), in which at that time also the trumpeter Fats Navarro and pianist Hank Jones played, also with a jazz quartet with saxophonist George Kelly and organist Larry Johnson. In the early 1950s, she retired from the music business.