Mamie Smith

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Birthday
26, 1883
Birthplace
Cincinnati, OH
Death Date
Sep 16, 1946 (63)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
26, 1883
Birthplace
Cincinnati, OH
Death Date
Sep 16, 1946 (63)

About

The Queen of the Blues who was a vaudeville actress, singer, and was the first African American singer to record blues music.

Before Fame

She was more of a dancer than a singer early in her life before recording "Crazy Blues" for Okeh Records as an experiment.

Trivia

Her song "Crazy Blues" was an enormous success almost overnight, with 10,000 copies sold within the first week, and 75,000 by the first month.

Family Life

She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She married William Smith in 1913.

Associated With

She discovered the sixteen year old Coleman Hawkins on one of her tours and got him to join her act, billing him as "Saxophone Boy."