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Barbara Greenlief, April 27, 1996. Interview R-0020.
Daughter of Singer Lily May Ledford Recalls Her Mother's Life, Career, and Struggles with Southern Gender Ideals: The daughter of southern singer Lily May Ledford, Barbara Greenlief, recalls the life and career of her mother. Focusing primarily on her mother's years spent performing with the Coon Creek Girls, Greenlief describes her mother's working relationship with her manager, John Lair, and the ways in which she struggled to reconcile her desire for independence with her adherence to gender ideals of the day.
Interviewee: Barbara Greenlief    Interviewer: Lisa Yarger
Duration: 02:03:20     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 7 excerpts.