Billie Holiday vs Bessie Smith

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Bessie Smith’s profile picture
Musician
Singer
Net worth 2018
Musicians
Industry
Singers
Philadelphia
Residence
Chattanooga
United States
Country
United States
07/04/1915
BirthDay
15/04/1894
July 17, 1959
Died On
September 26, 1937
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2005

She also recorded her version of ‘Embraceable You’, which was inducted in the ‘Grammy Hall of Fame’ in 2005

1959

On July 17, 1959 she died in New York due to cirrhosis of liver and was buried in Bronx County, New York at Saint Raymond’s Cemetery

1958

Her final album ‘Billie Holiday’ was released with MGM in 1958

1957

She married Louis McKay on March 28, 1957, who was a Mafia enforcer but separated later

1956

Her autobiography ‘Lady Sings The Blues’ was published in 1956 by Doubleday

1949

Her October 1949 recorded song ‘Crazy He Calls Me’ for ‘Decca’ was counted as her most successful rendition

1948

She was released early due to good behaviour on March 16, 1948

1947

She was arrested in NY on May 16, 1947, for possessing narcotics and sentenced to ‘Alderson Federal Prison Camp’ at West Virginia

1946

In September 1946, she starred in a film, ‘New Orleans’, opposite Woody Herman and Louis Armstrong

1941

In 1941, her song ‘God Bless the Child’ became a major hit, selling millions of records

1939

In 1939 she performed ‘Strange Fruit’ in ‘Cafe Society’, a nightclub

1938

In March 1938, they both were broadcast on WABC now WCBS, famous radio station in New York

1937

Billie Holiday had a brief encounter with jazz pianist Count Basie in 1937 when she joined a band as vocalist

1936

From 1936 to 1938 she, along with Teddy Wilson, appeared in a series of phenomenal performances co-produced by Bernie Hanighen and John Hammond

1935

In 1935, she played a part in musical short ‘Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life’ starring Duke Ellington

1933

In November 1933, he voice was recorded for the first time under the arrangement of John Hammond

1932

In 1932, she was inducted at a club at West 132nd Street replacing singer Monette Moore where Producer John Hammond heard her

1930

Songs that she performed with Teddy Wilson during the 1930s were recorded in 1944 by Commodore

1929

During 1929 to 1931, they performed at various clubs including ‘Brooklyn Elks’ Club’, ‘Grey Dawn’ and ‘Mexico’s’

1928

Her mother left for Harlem in New York in 1928, leaving her with Martha Miller

1926

On December 24, 1926, her neighbour Wilbur Rich attempted rape on her

1925

It reached 25th rank in the charts and was placed in the third position as song of the year in Billboard

1915

Billie Holiday was born in Philadelphia on April 7, 1915 to Sarah Juliah and Clarance Holiday who were neither married nor living together

2002

‘Downhearted Blues’ is undoubtedly one of the most famous tracks of Bessie and in 2002 it was selected for inclusion in the ‘Library of Congress National Recording Registry’

1937

On 26th of September in the year in 1937, Smith was travelling with Richard for a show in Memphis, when she met a terrible accident and was badly injured

1933

In 1933, John Hammond arranged for a recording session for ‘Okeh’ with Bessie keeping in mind the growing demand of jazz music among the European audience

1923

From 1923 to 1937 Bessie was a part of some of the most famous albums

1920

During the early phase of 1920s Bessie was staying in Philadelphia and she was approached by ‘Columbia Records’, who discovered Bessie’s amazing talent in singing

1915

Ma Rainey worked as a mentor for young Bessie and she stayed with the troupe till 1915

1894

On 15th April, 1894, Bessie was born in Chattanooga in Tennessee