Clara Smith

Clara Smith (March 13, 1894 – February 2, 1935) was an American classic female blues singer, billed as the "Queen of the Moaners", although she had a lighter and sweeter voice than many of her contemporaries. Clara Smith was not related to the singers Bessie Smith and Mamie Smith.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 23, 1894 (Spartanburg County), Died February 2, 1935 (Detroit)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1932

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

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Recordings (Results 51-75 of 149 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 140227 10-in. 1/7/1925 Broken busted blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet, trombone, and piano vocalist  
Columbia 140230 10-in. 1/8/1925 If you only knowed Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with violin and piano vocalist  
Columbia 140231 10-in. 1/8/1925 You better keep the home fires burning (cause your mamma's getting cold) Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with violin and piano vocalist  
Columbia 140266 12-in. 1/17/1925 My John blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano vocalist  
Columbia 140267 12-in. 1/17/1925 Shipwrecked blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W140459 10-in. 3/24/1925 My good for nuthin' man Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar and harmonica vocalist  
Columbia W140460 10-in. 3/24/1925 Rock pile blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar and harmonica vocalist  
Columbia W140470 10-in. 3/27/1925 When I steps out Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W140471 10-in. 3/27/1925 The L & N blues Lemuel Fowler ; Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W140491 10-in. 4/2/1925 Shipwrecked blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W140492 10-in. 4/2/1925 Court house blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Columbia W140493 10-in. 4/2/1925 My John blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia W140751 10-in. 7/6/1925 Different way blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance quartet leader, vocalist  
Columbia W140752 10-in. 7/6/1925 Down home bound blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance quartet leader, vocalist  
Columbia W140859 10-in. 8/20/1925 My two timing papa Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet, banjo, and piano vocalist  
Columbia W140860 10-in. 8/20/1925 Kitchen mechanic blues Clara Smith 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  
Columbia W140945 10-in. 9/16/1925 I'm tired of bein' good Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental quartet vocalist  
Columbia W140946 10-in. 9/16/1925 'Tain't nobody's fault but yours Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental quartet vocalist  
Columbia W141044 10-in. 9/24/1925 Onery blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band vocalist, leader  
Columbia W141045 10-in. 9/24/1925 You get mad Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band vocalist, leader  
Columbia W141046 10-in. 9/25/1925 Alley rat blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Columbia W141047 10-in. 9/25/1925 When my sugar walks down the street Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
Columbia W141048 10-in. 9/25/1925 You never miss your water Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band leader, vocalist  
(Results 51-75 of 149 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Smith, Clara," accessed June 17, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106278.

Smith, Clara. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 17, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106278.

"Smith, Clara." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 17 June 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106278

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