What footage does exist of Ida Goodson shows a infectious barrelhouse pianist, singer and ball of energy.
Goodson came from a musical family based in Pensacola, Florida. Her mother and father both played piano as did her sisters Mabel, Della, Sadie, Edna and Wilhemina. Blues was banned in the Goodson household; Ida’s father was a deacon at Pensacola's Mount Olive Baptist Church and had taught his children to play piano for church services and the like. The girls had other ideas and would take turns to keep watch for their parents coming home while the others played the blues.