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 101-125 of 145 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W144249 10-in. 6/1/1927 That's why the undertakers are busy today Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with alto saxophone and piano vocalist  
Columbia W144250 10-in. 6/1/1927 Black woman's blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with alto saxophone and piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Columbia W144527 10-in. 7/30/1927 Black cat moan Clara Smith and her Five Black Kittens Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia W144528 10-in. 7/30/1927 Strugglin' woman's blues Clara Smith and her Five Black Kittens Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia W146244 10-in. 5/10/1928 Jelly, look what you done done Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with saxophone and piano vocalist  
Columbia W146245 10-in. 5/10/1928 It's all coming home to you Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with saxophone and piano vocalist  
Columbia W146310 10-in. 5/21/1928 Down and out blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W146311 10-in. 5/21/1928 Gin mill blues Lemuel Fowler ; Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W146324 10-in. 5/23/1928 Steamboat man blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet, trombone, and piano vocalist  
Columbia W146325 10-in. 5/23/1928 Sobbin' sister blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet, trombone, and piano vocalist  
Columbia W146507 10-in. 7/6/1928 Got my mind on that thing Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental quartet vocalist  
Columbia W146508 10-in. 7/6/1928 Ain't got nobody to grind my coffee Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental quartet vocalist  
Columbia W146636 10-in. 7/13/1928 Wanna go home Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cello and organ vocalist  
Columbia W146828 10-in. 8/9/1928 Ain't got nobody to grind my coffee Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental quartet vocalist  
Columbia W147851 10-in. 1/17/1929 Tell me when Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia W147852 10-in. 1/17/1929 Empty house blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with instrumental trio vocalist  
Columbia W147889 10-in. 1/26/1929 Daddy don't put that thing on me blues Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with trombone and piano vocalist  
Columbia W147890 10-in. 1/26/1929 It's tight like that Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with trombone and piano vocalist  
Columbia W148970 10-in. 9/4/1929 Papa, I don't need you now Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet, trombone, and piano vocalist  
Columbia W148971 10-in. 9/4/1929 Tired of the way you do Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet, trombone, and piano vocalist  
Columbia W148972 10-in. 9/4/1929 Breath and breeches Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with cornet, trombone, and piano vocalist  
Columbia W148994 10-in. 9/12/1929 Oh! Mister Mitchell James P. Johnson ; Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W148995 10-in. 9/12/1929 Where is my man James P. Johnson ; Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with piano vocalist  
Columbia W149632 10-in. 12/31/1929 You can't stay here no more Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet, cornet, and piano vocalist  
Columbia W149633 10-in. 12/31/1929 Let's get loose Clara Smith Female vocal solo ("blues singer"), with clarinet, cornet, and piano vocalist  
(Results 101-125 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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