Despite the commercial success ( Country girl returns
) at least in the Hit Parades Soul Chicago in 1972, Lucille Spann
will have little in the history of the blues.
Yet this powerful singer who exudes a lot of emotion in almost every
performance has a small engraved recorded work that does not deserve to be
Mahalia Lucille Jenkins born June 23, 1938 in Bolton, Mississippi, she sang
very young in the choir of his local church and has naturally continued to
practice the Gospel after his family is coming in 1952, living in Chicago.
She knows Otis Spann and marries him in the 60s. Those who have approached
the couple reflect the great mutual affection the two "lovebirds" emerged.
Otis immediately made his singer Lucille Spann, and despite some misgivings,
she kissed the blues with the same passion she practiced the Gospel. Lucille
appears here and there on a couple of tracks in several signed by Otis
Spann, particularly in a recorded "live" in Boston while Otis had only weeks
to live record albums.
On the death of Otis in 1970, Lucille decides a little out of faithfulness
to the memory of her husband, continue to sing the blues. Spotted by Al
Smith that surrounds a superb led by guitarist
Mighty Joe Young Orchestra,
recorded two Lucille 45t on Torrid label. If despite Women's lib composition
"trendy" at the time, the first 45t going nowhere, the second Country girl
returns Part 1 & 2 is a small success that allows Lucille appear in several
concerts and festivals, particularly that of Ann Arbor which includes an
evening dedicated to the memory of Otis Spann.
In the process, Al Smith produced in 1973 Cry before I go , a superb album
for his label Bluesway (distributed by ABC), which unfortunately never
published, has become a collector's item.
But this does not allow Lucille to win a lot of commitments. And with the
departure of Mighty Joe Young, she finds herself without orchestra. In 1975,
Lucille Spann put an end to his brief career as a blues singer and returned
to live in Mississippi where she will continue to practice the Gospel. She
died August 2, 1994 in Vicksburg, Ms.