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Bessie Smith

American blues singer

Bessie Smith

American blues singer
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birthday
15th
April, 1894
Death
26th
September, 1937
Birth Place
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
Birth Sign
aries
Biography

Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) was an 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 1920s and 1930s. 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 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 the 1920s, but her performing career was cut short by a car crash that killed her at the age of 43.

instruments played
Vocals
Also Known As

Empress of the Blues

Associated Acts

Ma Rainey Alberta Hunter Ethel Waters

Genres

Classic blues jazz

Labels

Columbia Okeh

Years Active

1912 1937

Name

Bessie Smith

Nationality

United States of America

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