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Bessie Smith

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: April 15, 1894 | Died: September 26, 1937    

Bessie Smith

“Empress of the Blues”

She embodied the meaning of the blues, living the life she sang about. Bessie Smith set the standard for blues singers on how it should be done.

Bessie Smith, born on Apr. 15, 1894, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was one of ten children. Her parents died by her eighth birthday, and she was raised by her older sister Viola. She was taught to sing and dance by her older brother Clarence, who later arranged an audition for Smith with the traveling Moses Stokes Show where she was hired as a dancer in 1912. She became friends with Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, a blues singer, who became her mentor. Bessie was quick to learn the profession, and by 1915 struck out own her own, singing in a vaudeville circuit and started establishing a reputation in the south and on the east coast....
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Source: James Nadal

  • The Complete Columbia Recordings
    Columbia
    2012
  • Queen Of The Blues - Volume 1: 1923 - 1926
    Columbia
    2007
  • Chattanooga Gal
    Columbia
    2005
  • Down Hearted Blues

    2003
  • Queen Of Blues
    Columbia
    2001
  • Young Woman's Blues
    Columbia
    2001
  • The Gold Collection: 40 Classic Performances
    Columbia
    1999
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