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Bessie Smith

Singer
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Net worth 2018: $16 Million
Industry: Singers
Residence: Chattanooga
Country: United States
BirthDay: 15 April 1894
Sigh: Taurus
Died On: September 26, 1937
BIOGRAPHY

Bessie Smith was bornon 15 April 1894 in Chattanooga, American, is Singer. Known as the ‘Empress of Blues’, Bessie Smith was one of the strongest blues vocalists in 1920s and 1930s. Bessie lost both her parents at a tender age and was taken care of by her elder sister. To fend for the family, Bessie and her brother started performing on the street. With the initiation of her elder brother who was part of a travelling troupe, Bessie got an audition and was hired as dancer, because the troupe already had the famous singer Ma Rainey. She worked hard for the next few years performing in chorus lines, and shows. Later, she signed a contract with Columbia and started her recording career. Bessie went on to become the highest-paid coloured entertainer and performed before large audience with some of the most famous jazz and blues artists like Fletcher Henderson and James Johnson. As a classic Blues singer, Bessie brought her heart and soul to music. This is probably the reason that she outshone others who recorded the same number. Bessie sung many of Ma Rainey’s numbers and her audience were picky as they always waited for Bessie’s tracks which were sincere and full of gusto. She had a brief encounter with the world of Broadway and films but the Great Depression combined with her personal problems cut short her fame

TIMELINE
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

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