Bessie Smith
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Bessie Smith

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Birthday
15, 1894
Birthplace
Chattanooga, TN
Death Date
Sep 26, 1937 (43)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
15, 1894
Birthplace
Chattanooga, TN
Death Date
Sep 26, 1937 (43)

About

Empress of the Blues who sang in the 1920s and 1930s, releasing award-winning songs like "Empty Bed Blues" and "St. Louis Blues."

Before Fame

She worked as a street performer with her brother on the streets of Chattanooga. Ma Rainey mentored her and helped her develop her stage presence.

Trivia

She had a short-lived career on Broadway, but in that time she sang with Louis Armstrong.

Family Life

She was born to parents Laura and William Smith who was a laborer and part-time Baptist preacher.

Associated With

The great Benny Goodman made a small contribution to her 1933 recordings with the record label Okeh.