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Bessie Smith

(1894—1937) American blues singer

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Smith, Bessie

Smith, Bessie (1894–1937)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

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Bessie Smith began her performance career as a dancer with a traveling minstrel troupe. Her vocal talents were quickly recognized,

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Melanie E. Bratcher

The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History

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(1894–1937),

American singer called the “Empress of the Blues.” Bessie Smith was born on 15 April 1894 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and died on ...

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Who's Who in the Twentieth Century

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Black US blues singer. Known as the ‘Empress of the Blues’, this tall handsome woman created a style that was followed by many jazz singers, including Louis ...

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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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b. 15 April 1894, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, d. 26 September 1937, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA. In her childhood, Smith sang on street corners before joining a touring black minstrel ... More

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