Clara Smith

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

Birth and Death Data: Born 1894 (Spartanburg County), Died 1935 (Detroit)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1932

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

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 81059 10-in. 5/31/1923 I got everything a woman needs Fletcher Henderson ; Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano composer, instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia 81060 10-in. 5/31/1923 Every woman's blues Fletcher Henderson ; Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist, songwriter  
Columbia 81153 10-in. 7/27/1923 All night blues Fletcher Henderson ; Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano songwriter, instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia 81221 10-in. 9/18/1923 Goin' down to the levee Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia 81222 10-in. 9/18/1923 Kansas City man blues Stanley Miller ; Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano songwriter, instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Columbia 81476 10-in. 1/11/1924 It won't be long now Clara Smith Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer, Musical group, leader, lyricist, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 81477 10-in. 1/11/1924 Hot papa Clara Smith Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble Musical group, leader, composer, lyricist, vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia 81495 10-in. 1/18/1924 I'm gonna tear your playhouse down Clara Smith Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, mandolin, guitar, kazoo, Musical group, composer, lyricist, leader, vocalist  
Columbia 81496 10-in. 1/18/1924 I don't love nobody (So I don't have no blues) Clara Smith Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, mandolin, guitar, kazoo, songwriter, Musical group, leader, vocalist  
Columbia 81512 10-in. 1/31/1924 My doggone lazy man Clara Smith Female vocal solo, with instrumental trio instrumentalist, kazoo, harmonica, guitar, composer, Musical group, leader, vocalist, lyricist  
Columbia 81514 10-in. 1/31/1924 31st Street blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band songwriter, leader, vocalist, Musical group, instrumentalist, cornet, banjo, trombone, piano, drums, clarinet  
Columbia 140064 10-in. 9/30/1924 Freight train blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio instrumentalist, goofus, piano, songwriter, vocalist, clarinet, leader, Musical group  
Columbia 140070 10-in. 9/18/1924 Deep blue sea blues Little Ramblers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo (scat) composer, Musical group  
Columbia 140109 10-in. 10/15/1924 Prescription for the blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio Musical group, instrumentalist, clarinet, piano, vocalist, composer, cornet, lyricist, leader  
Columbia W140492 10-in. 4/2/1925 Court house blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet and piano composer, instrumentalist, piano, cornet, vocalist, lyricist  
Columbia W140751 10-in. 7/6/1925 Different way blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance quartet composer, leader, vocalist, Musical group  
Columbia W140752 10-in. 7/6/1925 Down home bound blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance quartet leader, composer, vocalist, Musical group  
Columbia W141044 10-in. 9/24/1925 Onery blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band composer, vocalist, leader, Musical group  
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 vocalist, leader, Musical group, composer, lyricist, instrumentalist, piano, alto saxophone, clarinet, cornet, banjo  
Columbia W141048 10-in. 9/25/1925 You never miss your water Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band vocalist, leader, Musical group, composer, instrumentalist, piano, alto saxophone, clarinet, cornet, banjo  
Columbia W141049 10-in. 9/25/1925 Disappointed blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band vocalist, leader, Musical group, composer, instrumentalist, piano, alto saxophone, clarinet, cornet, banjo  
Columbia W144250 10-in. 6/1/1927 Black woman's blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with alto saxophone and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer, instrumentalist, piano, alto saxophone  
Columbia W148994 10-in. 9/12/1929 Oh! Mister Mitchell James P. Johnson ; Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
OKeh S-73100 10-in. 1/14/1925 Deep blue sea blues The Goofus Five Jazz/dance ensemble composer, Musical group  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Smith, Clara," accessed June 22, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106278.

Smith, Clara. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 22, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106278.

"Smith, Clara." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 22 June 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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