Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith: Empress of the Blues : Norden Farm Centre for the Arts - Theatre in MaidenheadBessie Smith (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) was an African-American blues singer widely renowned during the Jazz Age. Nicknamed the “Empress of the Blues”, she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1930s. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, she is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and was a major influence on fellow blues singers, as well as jazz vocalists. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Smith was young when her parents died, and she and her six siblings survived by performing on street corners. She began touring and performed in a group that included Ma Rainey, and then went out on her own. Her successful recording career with Columbia Records began in 1923, but her performing career was cut short by a car crash that killed her at the age of 43. See for more.

St.Louis Blues (1929)

Empty Bed Blues

Back Water Blues

Need a Little Sugar In My Bowl

Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer

Lost Your Head Blues

Baby Won’t You Please Come Home 1923

Careless Love

The Best Of Vol 1 Full Album

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