Ida Cox, “Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues”

The song has become a standard that is today considered an early feminist anthem.

Long before Lesley Gore sang “You Don’t Own Me” or Aretha Franklin sang “Respect,” blues legend Ida Cox was demanding equality for women with her music. Nearly a century ago she made her feelings known with “Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues,” which has become a standard that is today considered an early feminist anthem. But it’s also possible that in 1924 Cox wasn’t necessarily flying some type of flag as much as she was just trying to sing well and have some fun with her self-written music. “Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues” has been covered by numerous artists, and is considered a classic by female singers who haven’t recorded or performed it, but who were definitely influenced by the song and its author. Janiva Magness, whose new album Love Is An Army drops this month, is one of her generation’s best-known female blues artists and songwriters. A Grammy nominee who was named the Blues Foundation’s B.B. King Entertainer of the Year in 2009, Magness said she is well-acquainted with Cox’s song. “I have long been a fan of Ida Cox,” she said via e-mail during a European tour, “coming across her material as a young blues singer, panning for…

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