Lilly Hulsey, 1917 to 1992, was a celebrity in the Oklahoma City area. Known as "The Last of the Red Hot Mama's" by her fans, she was a Jazz/Blues pianist. People were suprised to see this elderly woman who was overweight and walked with canes hobble up to a piano and then SET THE KEYS ON FIRE! This is my Grandmother, and i'm sharing her with the world and keeping her music alive!
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Lilly Hulsey, My Grandma, was born in 1917 in the newly formed state of Oklahoma. When she was 20 she saved up and bought a baby grand piano which still sits in my living room. She played for churches and even during the great depression worked as a musician for the WPO. She played bars, and clubs, pizza joints and dives for years. She met her husband who was a guitar/bassist/fiddle player. Even after he died she put her three kids thru college playing the piano. Grandma playing piano was all I knew when I was growing up. I grew up in all those honky tonks pizza joints and so on, sitting in the corner booth listening, helping set up, tear down. I often fell asleep listening to her play. When she made this recording she was in her 60's! When she was younger, I'm sure she was even more incredible. Even when she died at the age of 77 she was still a fantastic musician and now I have helped her music to reach beyond the Oklahoma music scene, which forgot about her a long time ago. I just hope that this music never is forgotten and memorys of musicians like my Grandma are never forgotten. Grandma, now the world can hear you play, even from the afterlife. We always knew you could have been famous. In our minds you were a superstar. I hope that there are those out there in the world who remember this music and love it still. And Im glad to introduce you to my Granny, THE LAST OF THE RED HOT MAMA'S!