Bessie Smith


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Noun1.Bessie Smith - United States blues singer (1894-1937)
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King, Lead Belly, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Taj Mahal, and T-Bone Walker, as well as discussion of the impact of the blues on pop culture, and its legacy.
Classic blues ranging from Brooks Williams Bessie Smith to Memphis Slim and compelling covers from the likes of Dave Alvin, Buddy Miller and Mose Allison.
Synopsis: In "The Blues Muse: Race, Gender, and Musical Celebrity in American Poetry", author Emily Ruth Rutter (Assistant Professor of English at Ball State University) focuses on five key blues musicians and singers--Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Robert Johnson, and Lead Belly.
1937: "The Empress of the Blues" Bessie Smith died in a car crash in Mississippi, amid rumours that she had bled to death while a white person had been given preferential treatment.
1937: The 'Empress of the Blues' Bessie Smith died in a car crash in Mississippi, amid rumours that she had bled to death while a white person had been given preferential treatment.
Still, some important works on women singers emerged: chiefly the biographies of Bessie Smith (Chris Albertson, Bessie [New York: Stein and Day, 1972; rev.
1937: ''The Empress of the Blues'' Bessie Smith died in a car crash in Mississippi amid rumours that she had bled to death while a white person had been given preferential treatment.
HBO's biopic dutifully recounts the troubled life of famed blues singer Bessie Smith, and it was a showcase for star Queen Latifah, who delivered a knockout, gutsy performance.
By all accounts, Bessie Smith loved and was loved by poor black people.
Artists featured on this musical marathon include Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Leadbelly, Bessie Smith, Mississippi John Hurt, Lonnie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sonny Terry, Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Willie McTell and Big Joe Williams.
The Empress of the Blues: A Tribute to Bessie Smith
-- When Queen Latifah was approached 20 years ago to play Bessie Smith, she had to do some research.