Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith

American blues singer
The first Queen of the Blues, a tremendously powerful vocalist who was the genre's first recording star.
BornApril 15, 1894
HometownChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America
Height5'9" (1.75m)
SpouseJack Gee (m 1923 - 1929)
ParentsWilliam Smith , Laura Smith


Sarah Lenka on songs that link all women in times of hardship

Over the last decade, Sarah Lenka has paid tribute to singers like Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith, who led tumultuous lives. In her new offering "Women's Legacy", she explores work and prison songs of women in the 19th and 20th century. Most of them were sung by African-American women and were gathered by ethnomusicologists travelling the Deep South.
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St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues
0h 16min