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Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith
Born: Apr 15, 1894 in Chattanooga, TN
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Died: Sep 26, 1937 in Clarksdale, MS
Genre: Blues, Jazz
Biography: 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 ...Read full biography