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 (Results 76-100 of 145 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W141049 10-in. 9/25/1925 Disappointed blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with jazz/dance band vocalist, leader  
Columbia W141257 10-in. 11/10/1925 The Market Street blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W141258 10-in. 11/10/1925 It takes the Lawd (To tell what's on my mind) Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with saxophone and piano vocalist  
Columbia W141259 10-in. 11/10/1925 Caught you triflin' blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia W142117 10-in. 5/1/1926 Look where the sun done gone Clara Smith and her Novelty Band Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental quartet vocalist, leader  
Columbia W142118 10-in. 5/1/1926 Rock, church, rock Clara Smith and her Novelty Band Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental quartet leader, vocalist  
Columbia W142136 10-in. 5/3/1926 So long Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with trombone, clarinet, and piano vocalist  
Columbia W142137 10-in. 5/3/1926 Jelly bean blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with trombone, clarinet, and piano vocalist  
Columbia W142250 10-in. 5/25/1926 How'm I doin' Lemuel Fowler ; Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W142251 10-in. 5/25/1926 Whip it to a jelly Lemuel Fowler ; Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W142252 10-in. 5/26/1926 Salty dog Fletcher Henderson ; Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W142253 10-in. 5/26/1926 My brand new papa Fletcher Henderson ; Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W142300 10-in. 6/15/1926 Ain't nothin' cookin' what you're smellin' Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W142301 10-in. 6/15/1926 Separation blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W143140 10-in. 11/23/1926 Percolatin' blues Lemuel Fowler ; Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with female vocal duet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W143141 10-in. 11/23/1926 Ease it Lemuel Fowler ; Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with female vocal duet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W143142 10-in. 11/23/1926 Livin' humble Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with female vocal duet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W143143 10-in. 11/23/1926 Get on board Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with female vocal duet and piano vocalist  
Columbia W143155 10-in. 11/29/1926 Cheatin' daddy Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with alto saxophone and piano vocalist  
Columbia W143156 10-in. 11/29/1926 Deep down in my soul Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with alto saxophone and piano vocalist  
Columbia W143230 10-in. 12/30/1926 You don't know who's shakin' your tree Clara Smith and her Jazz Babies Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental quartet vocalist, leader  
Columbia W143231 10-in. 12/30/1926 Race track blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental quartet leader, vocalist  
Columbia W143232 10-in. 12/30/1926 The old folks' hunch Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental quartet vocalist, leader  
Columbia W144000 10-in. 4/7/1927 Troublesome blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet or alto saxophone and piano vocalist  
Columbia W144001 10-in. 4/7/1927 You can't get it now Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet or alto saxophone and piano vocalist  
(Results 76-100 of 145 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Smith, Clara," accessed June 18, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106278.

Smith, Clara. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 18, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106278.

"Smith, Clara." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 June 2021.

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

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