This feisty Mississippi lady knew she wanted to be a Blues singer, even as a schoolgirl. As soon as she was old enough, Mamie joined touring shows with Little Milton and Ike & Tina Turner before picking up her own deal with St. Lawrence Records in Chicago. Her soulful 1966 hit ‘It Ain’t Necessary’ was a local hit and when she moved to California, she continued to write and record Blues numbers, collaborating on over 30 songs. Mamie signed for Imperial Records, and recorded ‘No Right to Cry’ and duetted with her songwriting partner Dee Irwin. Moving back to the Delta in 1972, she taught Blues singing and continued to perform locally, where she was known as ‘The Soul Queen of Greenville’. In 2001, Mamie passed away from the effects of a stroke.
Mamie performs ‘It Ain’t Necessary’ on TV;