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Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) was an American blues singer. Nicknamed The Empress of the Blues, Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and, along with Louis Armstrong, a major influence on other jazz vocalists. The 1900 census indicates that Bessie Smith was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in July 1892. However, the 1910 census recorded her birthday as April 15 Read more on

Bessie Smith has 9 songs that have been featured in movies like Angel Heart, Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music, Carbon Copy and Idlewild. What is your favorite song by Bessie Smith?


Songs from Bessie Smith

Honeymoon Blues
St. Louis Blues
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
Do Your Duty
About Her
Empty Bed Blues
A Hot Time in the Old Town
I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl

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