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
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Fred Dellar obituary

  • Fred Dellar obituaryJournalist who made pop music trivia the basis of popular columns in NME and Mojo Fred Dellar viewed his work as a hobby, but the details he collected served to build a highly readable picture of a performer or an aspect of the music industry. Photograph: UKRockHistory/YouTube

Videos

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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MOVIES & TV SHOWS

St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues
1929
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues
0h 16min
1929