Ruby Smith (August 24, 1903 – March 24, 1977) was an American classic female blues singer. She was a niece, by marriage, of the better-known Bessie Smith, who discouraged Ruby from pursuing a recording career. Nevertheless, following Bessie's death in 1937, Ruby recorded twenty-one sides between 1938 and 1947. She is also known for her candid observations on her own and Bessie's lifestyle.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 24th, 1903 (New York City), Died March 24th, 1977 (Anaheim)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1938 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-023400||10-in.||5/18/1938||Dream man blues||Ruby Smith||Female vocal solo, with piano||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-023401||10-in.||5/18/1938||Selfish blues||Ruby Smith||Female vocal solo, with piano||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-023402||10-in.||5/18/1938||'Lectric chair blues||Ruby Smith||Female vocal solo, with piano||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-023403||10-in.||5/18/1938||Hard up blues||Ruby Smith||Female vocal solo, with piano||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-023404||10-in.||5/18/1938||Flyin' mosquito blues||Ruby Smith||Female vocal solo, with piano||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-023405||10-in.||5/18/1938||Draggin' my heart around||Ruby Smith||Female vocal solo, with piano||vocalist|
|Decca||69821||10-in.||10/15/1941||Make me love you||Ruby Smith||vocalist|
|Decca||69822||10-in.||10/15/1941||Fruit cakin' Mama||Ruby Smith||vocalist|
|Decca||69823||10-in.||10/15/1941||Black gal||Ruby Smith||vocalist|
|Decca||69824||10-in.||10/15/1941||Thinking blues||Ruby Smith||vocalist|
|Decca||70029||10-in.||12/10/1941||Why don't you love me any more?||Ruby Smith||vocalist|
|Decca||70030||10-in.||12/10/1941||Harlem gin blues||Ruby Smith||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Smith, Ruby," accessed August 1, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110947.
Smith, Ruby. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 1, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110947.
"Smith, Ruby." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 1 August 2021.
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