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Bessie Smith

(April 15th 1894 - September 26th 1937)

A powerful singer known as the "Empress of the Blues", Bessie Smith was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1884. As a child she worked as a street performer to earn money for her family and in 1912 began traveling with the Stokes troupe where she met her mentor Ma Rainey. In 1923 Bessie made her first records and soon became one of the most memorable vocal talents in blues history.

Videos:

After You've Gone (2:58)

Gimme A Pigfoot (3:29)

Gulf Coast Blues (3:04)

I Ain't Got Nobody (3:13)

I'm Wild About That Thing (2:51)

Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan) (3:06)

Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out (2:59)

Put It Right Here (Or Keep It Out Of There) (3:04)

Sobbin' Hearted Blues (3:03)

St. Louis Blues (15:45)

St. Louis Blues (3:16)

Wasted Life Blues (3:06)

Yodling Blues (3:13)

You've Gotta Give Me Some (2:45)

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