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Bessie Smith

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Wikimp3 information about the music of Bessie Smith. On our website we have 70 albums and 70 collections of artist Bessie Smith. You can find useful information and download songs of this artist. We also know that Bessie Smith represents Blues genres.

Biography

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The first major blues and jazz singer on record and one of the most powerful of all time, Bessie Smith rightly earned the title of "The Empress of the Blues." Even on her first records in 1923, her passionate voice overcame the primitive recording quality of the day and still communicates easily to today's listeners (which is not true of any other singer from that early period). At a time when the blues were in and most vocalists (particularly vaudevillians) were being dubbed "blues singers," Bessie Smith simply had no competition.

Back in 1912, Bessie Smith sang in the same show as Ma Rainey, who took her under her wing and coached her. Although Rainey would achieve a measure of fame throughout her career, she was soon surpassed by her protégée. In 1920, Smith had her own show in Atlantic City and, in 1923, she moved to New York. She was soon signed by Columbia and her first recording (Alberta Hunter's "Downhearted Blues") made her famous. Bessie Smith worked and recorded steadily throughout the decade, using many top musicians as sidemen on sessions including Louis Armstrong, Joe Smith (her favorite cornetist), James P. Johnson, and Charlie Green. Her summer tent show Harlem Frolics was a big success during 1925-1927, and Mississippi Days in 1928 kept the momentum going.

However, by 1929 the blues were out of fashion and Bessie Smith's career was declining despite being at the peak of her powers (and still only 35). She appeared in St. Louis Blues that year (a low-budget movie short that contains the only footage of her), but her hit recording of "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" predicted her leaner Depression years. Although she was dropped by Columbia in 1931 and made her final recordings on a four-song session in 1933, Bessie Smith kept on working. She played the Apollo in 1935 and substituted for Billie Holiday in the show Stars Over Broadway. The chances are very good that she would have made a comeback, starting with a Carnegie Hall appearance at John Hammond's upcoming From Spirituals to Swing concert, but she was killed in a car crash in Mississippi. Columbia has reissued all of her recordings, first in five two-LP sets and more recently on five two-CD box sets that also contain her five alternate takes, the soundtrack of St. Louis Blues, and an interview with her niece Ruby Smith. "The Empress of the Blues," based on her recordings, will never have to abdicate her throne.

Title: Homeless Blues

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Blues, Jazz, Rock, Pop

Title: Oh Daddy Blues

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Blues

Title: Young Woman Blues

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Blues, Jazz

Title: Lart Vocals

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Blues

Title: Sleepless Times

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Blues

Title: The Collection

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Pop

Title: Bessie Smith's Hits

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Blues

Title: Lady Luck Blues

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Blues

Title: Me and My Gin

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Blues, Jazz, Pop

Title: Revolver Hits

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Blues

Title: Redwood Tree

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Blues

Title: That Sounds Good

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Blues

Title: Sunflower

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Blues

Title: This Is My House

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Pop

Title: Bessie's Best

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Blues, Jazz

Title: Listen This Music

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Blues

Title: Sorrowful Blues

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Rock, Pop

Title: Super Top Hits

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Blues

Title: Gaudy Colours

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Jazz

Title: That's Jazz

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Jazz

Title: Mama Got The Blues

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Blues

Title: Sam Jones Blues

Artist: Bessie Smith

Genre: Pop

Collections

Title: Blues Sisters

Genre: Blues

Title: Voodoo Jazz & Blues

Genre: Jazz

Title: Divine Divas Vol 7

Genre: Jazz

Title: Black Nite Blues

Genre: Blues

Title: Blues Anthems

Genre: Blues

Title: 100 Blues Classics

Genre: Blues

Featuring albums

Title: Best Of The Blues

Artist: Clara Smith

Genre: Blues

Title: The Great Gatsby

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Jazz

Title: Cool Blues

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Blues

Title: Rude Dudes

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Blues

Title: Gaudy Colours

Artist: Big Bill Broonzy

Genre: Jazz

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