Ellen Cemetery

Ann Cook Johnson

October 14, 2019

Ann Cook was born in Fazendeville to Carl Cook and Rose Henderson.

In her late teens/early 20s, Ann moved to New Orleans to work in Storyville. Storyville was an area of legalized prostitution that contained small rooms and elaborate halls. Many of the grand halls were owned by women like Lulu White and “Countess” Willie Piazza. Ann worked for Willie and sang in the district, along with other jazz greats like Louis Armstrong and Buddy Bolden.

Two recordings of Ann Cook remain. This and “Mama Cookie’s Blues”.

By the 1940’s Storyville had closed and Ann had devoted herself to church work and singing gospel for the church choir.

She died in 1962.

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