Ruby Smith

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

Recordings

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  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Smith, Ruby," accessed June 18, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110947.

Smith, Ruby. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 18, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110947.

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

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110947

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