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  Bessie Smith
Bessie Smith was a rough, crude, violent woman.
The session was released under the name of Bessie Smith accompanied by Buck and his Band.
Bessie had started to style herself as a Swing musician and was on the verge of a comeback when her life was tragically cut short by an automobile accident in 1937.
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  Encyclopedia :: encyclopedia : Bessie Smith   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA was the most popular and successful blues singer of 1920s and 30s, and a huge influence on the singers who followed her.
Smith was initially hired as a dancer with the Moses Stokes company, a show that also included Ma Rainey, who did not teach Smith to sing but probably helped her develop a stage presence.
Smith was in fact still alive when she was brought to the hospital, in the middle of the night, but she never regained consciousness, and died that morning at 11:50.
www.hallencyclopedia.com /Bessie_Smith   (1061 words)

 Bessie Smith - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) is largely regarded as the most popular and successful blues singer of 1920s and 1930s, and by some as the most influential performer in blues history.
Bessie was initially hired as a dancer with the Moses Stokes company, a show that also included Ma Rainey, who did not teach Smith to sing but probably helped her develop a stage presence.
Bessie Smith was injured in an automobile accident several miles out from Clarksdale and was brought to Clarksdale in a colored ambulance....She died some eight or ten hours after admission to the hospital.
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 Corax.com Music Page - Bessie Smith
Bessie Smith is known as the Empress of the Blues, and she still holds the title even more than 60 years after her death in 1937.
Nevertheless, by the early 1920s Bessie Smith was one of the most popular Blues singers in vaudeville, and in 1923 she got the first chance to record a song with Columbia records.
Bessie Smith recorded about 160 songs for Columbia between 1923 and 1931, some of them were her own compositions proving that she never forgot were she came from.
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 Bessie Smith
Smith's reputed lesbianism is made prominent, for this book is part of the Outlines series "on leading gay and lesbian writers and creative artists," yet her music and career are amply and lovingly detailed as well.
Bessie Smith was crowned the Empress of the Blues, and, while this moniker was well deserved, she was much more.
Bessie's career began when she was 'discovered' by none other than Ma Rainey when Ma's revue, the Rabbit Foot Minstrels, was passing through Chattanooga around 1912 and she had the occasion to hear young Bessie sing.
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 Remembering Bessie Smith
Smith could see that the occupants of the wrecked car, a white couple, were slumped over and splattered with blood.
Bessie was paid $30 for each recording she made and all the royalties were paid to John Hammond.
Bessie Smith is still an icon for feminists because of her struggle against a patriarchal and discriminatory society.
www.lewrockwell.com /orig/jarvis6.html   (1390 words)

 Bessie Smith   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Known as the "Empress of the Blues," Bessie Smith was born in Chattanooga, Tenn. on April.
Smith began her career as a singer in honky-tonks and tent shows, but in 1923 went to New York for her first recording session.
Smith was driven miles to a hospital for "niggers" when she was critically ill despite the nearness of a whites-only hospital.
www.uic.edu /depts/quic/history/bessie_smith.html   (226 words)

 ArtandCulture Artist: Bessie Smith   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Bessie Smith, the 6-foot, 200-pound Empress of the Blues, commanded stage and street with a fierce violence and a resonant, endless well of a voice.
Smith's untimely death in 1937 was to become the most controversial event of her life.
Bessie Smith’s legacy is as clear as the emotions she evoked in her listeners; the blues were her life and her life was the blues.
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 Bessie Smith
At the time of Bessie Smith’s birth in Chattanooga, Tennesee, fls were so little thought of that no record was made; only the date she gave on her marriage license leads us to give the year as 1894.
Bessie Smith, the "Empress of the Blues" as she was called at the time, was a powerful, strong-willed woman who made her mark in history through singing the blues in the 1920’s and 30’s.
Bessie Smith’s family was poor, and desperately so after the death of her mother, when Bessie was eight.
www.library.csi.cuny.edu /dept/history/lavender/386/bsmith.html   (966 words)

 Bessie Smith - Biography - AOL Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Back in 1912, Bessie Smith sang in the same show as Ma Rainey, who took her under her wing and coached her.
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.
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).
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 National Women's Hall of Fame - Women of the Hall
At the age of nine, Bessie Smith was singing on the streets of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
An extraordinary talent, Bessie was given the title "Empress of the Blues" by her fans and her peers.
In 1937 Bessie Smith had begun to stage a successful comeback, adapting her powerful voice to the new swing music.
www.greatwomen.org /women.php?action=viewone&id=145   (380 words)

 Drop Me Off in Harlem
Bessie Smith was known as the "Empress of the Blues" for the majesty and power with which she belted out tunes.
Smith sang at speakeasies, rent parties, and "buffet flats" (private apartments that fls rented for the night in the era of hotel segregation).
Smith's fierce business acumen, toughness, and heavy drinking set her in stark contrast to the petite, demure white singers of the day.
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 Blues Lyrics On Line: BESSIE SMITH
Bessie Smith recorded this standard, with Clarence Williams on the piano, 11 April 1923 in New York City.
Bessie Smith (accompanied by Charlie Green, trombone and Porter Grainger, piano) on March 20, 1928 in New York City.
This blues by Bessie Smith was recorded on October 1, 1929 in New York, with James P. Johnson at the piano.
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One of the most renowned blues artists was Bessie Smith, also known by many as "The Empress." Her appearance on Columbia's record label caused intense transition in what had been, and still is today, a predominantly male fl field of music.
Born in rural Chattanooga, Tennessee, Bessie began delving into the music scene by singing for nickels and dimes on the street corners of her hometown as a young girl.
Smith’'s constant need to be displayed in all aspects of her life served as an example to all fl females in the music industry and public arena.
www.cola.wright.edu /Dept/ENG/blakelock/rockweb1/w97/hanna1.html   (1061 words)

 PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Bessie Smith
Bessie Smith began her professional career in 1912 by singing in the same show as Ma Rainey, and subsequently performed in various touring minstrel shows and cabarets.
By 1936, Smith was again performing in shows and clubs, but she died, following an automobile accident, before her next recording session had been arranged.
Smith was unquestionably the greatest of the vaudeville blues singers and brought the emotional intensity, personal involvement, and expression of blues singing into the jazz repertory with unexcelled artistry.
www.pbs.org /jazz/biography/artist_id_smith_bessie.htm   (422 words)

 Bessie Smith biography - extended   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Bessie Smith was born into a poverty stricken fl family in the segregated south.
This was mostly the result of changing trends in music, however, Bessie's long-standing alcoholism played its part as as record producers found her very difficult to work with.
Indeed, Bessie Smith was in the process of a comeback at the time of her tragic death at age forty-three.
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 SparkNotes: Bessie Smith: Important Terms, People, and Events
Bessie's brother Clarence Smith first worked the circuit as a comedian and then managed to convince the Fishers to give Bessie Smith in 1912.
Before Smith, Rainey was the most popular blues singer in the South, and she took Smith under her wing when Smith joined the Moses Stokes Traveling Show in 1912.
Once Smith was signed, however, Williams tried to cheat her out of half of her recording fees.
www.sparknotes.com /biography/bessiesmith/terms.html   (1977 words)

 Jazz | All About Jazz
Bessie came late to jazz, but when she did, she sang it like no one else could have..
While Bessie was traveling around the south and as far north as Philadelphia, building her reputation, Mamie Smith-no relation-was the first fl woman to make a blues recording.
Bessie is the undisputed leader among blues singers, but we should never forget that she was an extraordinary jazz performer too.
www.allaboutjazz.com /articles/arti1200_07.htm   (1251 words)

 Trail of the Hellhound: Bessie Smith
Smith was popular in Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore, but she was beloved in the South.
On Sept. 26, 1937, after finishing a performance in Memphis, Smith and her manager were driving south on Highway 61, north of the Crossroads in Clarksdale, Mississippi, when their car struck an oncoming truck.
Bessie Smith is buried in Mount Lawn Cemetery in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania.
www.cr.nps.gov /delta/blues/people/bessie_smith.htm   (535 words)

 Bessie Smith
Bessie had a sexual appetite that extended to both genders, and she gratified it widely and regularly.
Professionally, Bessie was territorial to the point that she refused to appear in the same show with another blues singer.
In her rendition of Wesley Wilson's Gimmie a Pigfoot, Bessie substitutes "a reefer and a gang of gin" for "a pigfoot and a bottle of beer," in the final chorus.
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 bessie   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Both of her parents died before Bessie had reached Womanhood, leaving her in the care of her older sister Viola.
As Smith's popularity grew, so did the stories surounding her about nights of heavy drinking, fist fights, and wild sexual encounters.
Smith's emancipated life-style, or just a marketing decision on their part, nobody knows for sure, but in 1923 Bessie signed her first recording contract.
www.geocities.com /theblueslady.geo/bessie.html   (563 words)

 Bessie Smith - @ Jazz Pipeline .com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Smith began singing on stage in 1913 in Atlanta and by 1920 she was a star, regularly touring the South playing for fl audiences, her main constituency.
Louis Blues notwithstanding, Smith now found work hard to come by until 1933 when John Hammond rediscovered Smith, supposedly singing bawdy songs as part of a burlesque show, and invited her to a recording session, again with Columbia, (which was to be her last).
Smith's style was, and remains, highly influential, especially on the young Billie Holiday, gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, and Janis Joplin, who idolised the older woman.
www.jazzpipeline.com /Jazz_Artists_Biographies/bessie_smith.htm   (618 words)

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