Her Story: Bessie Smith
On February 15th, 1923, recording artist Bessie Smith released her first record “Down Hearted Blues”, it sold more then 2 million copies. Smith (1894 –1937) was an American blues singer, hailed as the “Empress of the Blues”, she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. There are many things about Smith that made her stand apart starting at a young age, her songs were often about liberated women, she used a unique plainspoken style that foreshadowed rap, she was a wonderful writer and her voice was magnificent.
“I don’t want no drummer. I set the tempo.”
Please check out this short video about Bessie Smith from Biography.com
Links for Learning:
Blues – Britannica