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Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) was an African American blues singer. Nicknamed the Empress of the Blues, she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. Bessie did not have an available education because her parents had died and her elder sister was taking care of her. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and was a major influence on fellow blues singers, as well as jazz vocalists.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 15th, 1894 (Chattanooga), Died September 26th, 1937 (Clarksdale)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer, lyricist, leader, songwriter

Recordings (Results 76-100 of 191 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W140605 10-in. 5/15/1925 He's gone blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet, trombone, and piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Columbia W140606 10-in. 5/15/1925 Nashville woman's blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet, trombone, and piano vocalist  
Columbia W140607 10-in. 5/15/1925 Dixie Flyer blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet, trombone, and piano vocalist, composer  
Columbia W140625 10-in. 5/26/1925 Nashville woman's blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet, trombone, and piano vocalist  
Columbia W140626 10-in. 5/26/1925 Careless love blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet, trombone, and piano vocalist  
Columbia W140629 10-in. 5/27/1925 J. C. Holmes blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet, trombone, and piano vocalist  
Columbia W140630 10-in. 5/27/1927 I ain't gonna play no second fiddle Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet, trombone, and piano vocalist  
Columbia W140717 10-in. 6/23/1925 He's gone blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Columbia W140857 10-in. 8/19/1925 Nobody's blues but mine Bessie Smith and her Band Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet, banjo, and piano vocalist  
Columbia W140858 10-in. 8/19/1925 I ain't got nobody Bessie Smith and her Band Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet, banjo, and piano vocalist  
Columbia W140889 10-in. 9/1/1925 Down old Georgia way Bessie Smith ; Clara Smith Female vocal duet ("blues singers"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W140890 10-in. 9/1/1925 My man blues Bessie Smith ; Clara Smith Female vocal duet ("blues singers"), with piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Columbia W141275 10-in. 11/17/1925 I wish I could shimmy like my sister Kate Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W141276 10-in. 11/17/1925 New Gulf Coast blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W141277 10-in. 11/17/1925 Florida bound blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W141283 10-in. 11/18/1925 At the Christmas ball Charlie Green ; Fletcher Henderson ; Bessie Smith ; Joe Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia W141284 10-in. 11/18/1925 Telephone blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Columbia W141285 10-in. 11/18/1925 I've been mistreated and I don't like it Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia W141293 10-in. 11/20/1925 Red Mountain blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W141294 10-in. 11/20/1925 Golden Rule blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with alto saxophone and piano vocalist  
Columbia W141369 10-in. 12/9/1925 At the Christmas ball Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W141370 10-in. 12/9/1925 Lonesome desert blues Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano vocalist, composer  
Columbia W141373 10-in. 12/9/1925 Squeeze me Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W141767 10-in. 3/5/1926 Them "has been blues" Bessie Smith ; Clarence Williams Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W141768 10-in. 3/5/1926 Squeeze me Bessie Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
(Results 76-100 of 191 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Smith, Bessie," accessed October 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104231.

Smith, Bessie. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104231.

"Smith, Bessie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104231

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