Hattie Hart was an American Memphis blues
singer and songwriter. She was active as a recording artist in the late
1920s to the mid 1930s, and her best known tracks were "I Let My Daddy Do
That" and "Coldest Stuff in Town". Hart worked both as a solo artist, and
previously as a singer with the Memphis Jug Band. Little is known of her
life outside of music.
It was stated that "Hart wrote gritty songs about love, sex, cocaine and
Hart was born in Memphis, Tennessee, United States, around 1900, and first
recorded with the Memphis Jug Band in 1928. She also had a reputation for
the parties that she hosted at this time. Hart also sang in the Beale Street
area of Memphis, busking with various musicians, where she became one of the
best known performers. Hart was said to sing in the style of Sara Martin,
and be a "marvellous, tough voiced singer".
Her earliest recording with the Memphis Jug Band, the self penned, "Won't
You Be Kind?" (1928), contained blues dialect in the lyrics, "Now
twenty-five cents a saucer, seventy-five cents a cup, But it's an extra
dollar papa, if you mean to keep it up". There are five known recordings of
Hart with the Jug Band between 1928 and 1930, before she undertook a
recording session of her own in September 1934, with Allen Shaw and one
other musician whom some blues historians believe to be Memphis Willie B.
Hart recorded fourteen tracks, although only four of these were released at
the time by Vocalion Records.
Hart moved on to Chicago, and it is believed she recorded there in 1938
under the name of Hattie Bolten. It is not reported whether this was her
married name or a pseudonym. After that, she disappeared from the public's
attention and no further details of her life are known.
Hart's song, "I Let My Daddy Do That" was covered by Holly Golightly on her
1997 album, Painted On.