W is for singer/songwriter Sippie Wallace. In 1923 Sippie followed her brothers to Chicago from her native Texas and immediately landed a recording contract with Okeh Records. Between 1923 and 1927, she wrote and recorded more than 40 songs for the label. Her hits included songs like “Shorty George” (which she wrote with her brother George) and her signature song “Woman Be Wise.” She retired from show business after she married in 1929 and spent the next 40 years as a church organist and vocalist. In 1966 she launched a comeback. She toured the world and recorded with greats like Louis Armstrong and her 1983 album “Sippie” earned her a Grammy nomination. Sippie died in 1986 on her 88th birthday after a massive stroke. Here’s a video of her performing “Woman Be Wise.”
The name Sippie makes me think of the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes” and the character Sipsy who was played by Cicely Tyson (love her). To me “Fried Green Tomatoes” is one of the finest chick flicks ever made. It has all the right elements. There’s love, loss and life lessons plus they managed to keep the cannibalism to a bare minimum which to me is the mark of quality film making.