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Bessie Smith

voc, 1894-1937 US, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Singer of Blues and Jazz

Bessie Smith (born April 15, 1894, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA – died September 26, 1937, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA) was an American blues singer. Nicknamed the "Empress of the Blues", she was considered by many to be the greatest blues singer of all time. She was also a successful vaudeville entertainer who became the highest paid African-American performer of the roaring twenties. Bessie died from injuries sustained in a car crash. Her arm which was probably hanging out the car window was almost severed at the elbow. Her grave was unmarked for 33 years until Janis Joplin paid for her headstone in 1970. Half-sister of Diamond Teeth Mary. Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 (Early Influence).

        
Genres
  • Blues
  • Jazz
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - 78rpm Version on The Essential Bessie Smith by Bessie Smith
Devil's Gonna Git You on The Complete Recordings, Vol. 4 by Bessie Smith
At the Christmas Ball - 78rpm Version on The Essential Bessie Smith by Bessie Smith
I'm Wild About That Thing - 78 rpm Version on The Complete Recordings, Vol. 4 by Bessie Smith
'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do on The Collection by Bessie Smith
Baby Won't You Please Come Home on The Essential Bessie Smith by Bessie Smith
Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair on The Essential Bessie Smith by Bessie Smith
Empty Bed Blues, Pt. 1 on The Best of Bessie Smith by Bessie Smith
Aggravatin' Papa on The Essential Bessie Smith by Bessie Smith
Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer on The Essential Bessie Smith by Bessie Smith

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Down Hearted BluesBessie Smith2018Compil.
The Bessie Smith StoryBessie Smith2017Compil.
Coleção Folha Soul & Blues 28Bessie Smith2015Compil.
Careless LoveBessie Smith2015Compil.
BessieBessie Smith2015Compil.
At The Christmas BallBessie Smith2014Single
Colección Ñ Grandes Maestros Del Blues - Bessie SmithBessie Smith2012Compil.
The Complete Columbia RecordingsBessie Smith2012Compil.
Greatest HitsBessie Smith2011Compil.
Blues Queen - The Definitive CollectionBessie Smith2011Compil.
The AnthologyBessie Smith2010Compil.
The Rough Guide To Blues Legends: Bessie Smith (Reborn And Remastered)Bessie Smith2009Compil.
Squeeze MeBessie Smith2009Compil.
Empress Of The Blues - Volume 2: 1926 - 1933Bessie Smith2008Compil.
Squeeze MeBessie Smith2008Compil.
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And OutBessie Smith2007Compil.
Young Womans BluesBessie Smith2007Compil.
Jazz Diva'sBessie Smith2007Compil.
Queen Of The Blues - Volume 1: 1923 - 1926Bessie Smith2007Compil.
Vol. 5 - I've Got What It Takes - Original Recordings 1929-1933Bessie Smith2006Compil.
Empress Of The Blues Volume 1Bessie Smith2006Compil.
Empress Of The Blues, Vol. 1Bessie Smith2006Compil.
The Undisputed Queen Of The BluesBessie Smith2006Compil.
Bessie SmithBessie Smith2006Compil.
Empress Of The Blues, Vol. 3Bessie Smith2006Compil.
Chattanooga GalBessie Smith2005Compil.
Sweet MistreaterBessie Smith2005Compil.
Chicago Blues BoundBessie Smith2005Compil.
Vol. 3 - Preachin' The Blues - Original Recordings 1925-1927Bessie Smith2004Compil.
Vol. 4 - Empty Bed Blues - Original Recordings 1927-1928Bessie Smith2004Compil.
Blues Archive - The Story Of The Blues - Chapter 1Bessie Smith2004Compil.
The Empress Of The Blues: 1923-1933Bessie Smith2004Compil.
Careless LoveBessie Smith2004Compil.
The Complete Recordings, Volume 8Bessie Smith2004Compil.
Bessie Smith Vol. 2 'St. Louis Blues': Original Recordings 1924-1925Bessie Smith2003Compil.
Gin House BluesBessie Smith2003Compil.
St. Louis Blues Pt. 1 / St. Louis Blues Pt. 2Bessie Smith2003Album
Martin Scorsese Presents The BluesBessie Smith2003Compil.
Young Woman's BluesBessie Smith2003Compil.
The Complete Recordings, Volume 7Bessie Smith2003Compil.
Downhearted Blues - Original 1923-1924 RecordingsBessie Smith2003Compil.
Bessie Smith - Original Artist 2Bessie Smith2003Compil.
The Complete Recordings, Volume 5Bessie Smith2003Compil.
The Complete Recordings, Volume 6Bessie Smith2003Compil.
The Complete Recordings, Volume 3Bessie Smith2002Compil.
The Complete Recordings, Volume 4Bessie Smith2002Compil.
Bessie SmithBessie Smith2002Compil.
Lady Luck BluesBessie Smith / Billie Holiday2001Compil.
The Complete Recordings, Volume 2Bessie Smith2001Compil.
Queen Of BluesBessie Smith2001Compil.
The Complete Recordings, Volume 1Bessie Smith2001Compil.
Vocal JazzBessie Smith2001Compil.
Nobody's Blues But MineBessie Smith2000Compil.
Jazz 'n' BluesBessie Smith2000Compil.
Woman's Trouble BluesBessie Smith2000Compil.
Down And OutBessie Smith2000Compil.
The Gold Collection: 40 Classic PerformancesBessie Smith1999Compil.
Black Mountan BluesBessie Smith1999Compil.
The Empress Of The Blues (The Ultimate Collection)Bessie Smith1998Compil.
Empress Of The BluesBessie Smith1998Compil.
The MastersBessie Smith1998Compil.
Preachin' The BluesBessie Smith1997Compil.
The Essential Bessie SmithBessie Smith1997Compil.
The Empress 1923 - 1933Bessie Smith1997Compil.
1929-1933Bessie Smith1997Compil.
A CollectionBessie Smith1997Compil.
Her Best Recordings 1923 - 1933Bessie Smith1996Compil.
1928-1929Bessie Smith1996Compil.
1927-1928Bessie Smith1996Compil.
Empress Of The BluesBessie Smith1996Compil.
La Regina Del BluesBessie Smith1996Compil.
Bessie's BluesBessie Smith1996Compil.
Bessie SmithBessie Smith1996Compil.
Empty Bed BluesBessie Smith1996Compil.
Empress of The BluesBessie Smith1996Compil.
The Complete Recordings Vol. 5 The Final ChapterBessie Smith1996Compil.
American LegendsBessie Smith1996Compil.
Sings The BluesBessie Smith1995Compil.
'St. Louis Blues'Bessie Smith1995Compil.
Jazz & Blues CollectionBessie Smith1995Compil.
1925-1927Bessie Smith1995Compil.
1924-1925Bessie Smith1995Compil.
Sings The BluesBessie Smith1995Compil.
Lady Luck BluesBessie Smith1994Compil.
1923Bessie Smith1994Compil.
I Ain't Got NobodyBessie Smith / Josh White1994Compil.
19 Reflective RecordingsBessie Smith1993Compil.
The Complete Recordings Vol. 4Bessie Smith1993Compil.
Classic BluesBessie Smith1993Compil.
Beale Street MamaBessie Smith1993Compil.
Sings The JazzBessie Smith1993Compil.
Dixie Flyer BluesBessie Smith1993Compil.
St. Louis Blues Pt. 3 / St. Louis Blues, Pt. 4Bessie Smith1993Album
Jazz Portraits - Bessie Smith 1923-1930Bessie Smith1993Compil.
Empress Of The BluesBessie Smith1992Compil.
The Complete Recordings Vol. 3Bessie Smith1992Compil.
The Complete St. Louis Blues Soundtrack & RaritiesBessie Smith1991Compil.
The Greatest Blues Singer In The WorldBessie Smith1991Compil.
Bessie Smith & Classic Blues SingersBessie Smith1991Compil.
1923-1933: Empress Of The BluesBessie Smith1991Compil.
The Complete Recordings Vol. 2Bessie Smith1991Compil.
The Complete Recordings Vol. 1Bessie Smith1991Compil.
The Great Bessie SmithBessie Smith1990Single
1923Bessie Smith1990Compil.
L'Art Vocal Volume 3 La Selection 1923-1933Bessie Smith1990Compil.
The Greatest Blues Singer In The WorldBessie Smith1990Compil.
I'm Wild About That ThingBessie Smith1990Compil.
1923Bessie Smith1990Compil.
The Bessie Smith StoryBessie Smith1989Compil.
Blue Spirit BluesBessie Smith1989Compil.
Mother Of The BluesBessie Smith1989Compil.
Bessie SmithBessie Smith1989Compil.
Blue Spirit BluesBessie Smith1989Compil.
Nobody Blues But MineBessie Smith1989Compil.
The CollectionBessie Smith1989Compil.
1925-1933Bessie Smith1987Compil.
A Portrait Of Bessie Smith 1925-1933Bessie Smith1986Compil.
Bessie Smith (Great Original Performances 1925-1933)Bessie Smith1986Compil.
Empress Of The BluesBessie Smith1985Compil.
The Original Jazz & Blues History Vol 16Bessie Smith1985Compil.
The Bessie Smith Collection - 20 Golden GreatsBessie Smith1984Compil.
Original Blues & Rhythm & Blues 22Bessie Smith, Clifton Chenier, Otis Spann, Johnny Shines1984Compil.
The Great SingersBessie Smith, Billie Holiday1984Compil.
The Roots of JazzScott Joplin, W. C. Handy, Bessie Smith, Original Dixieland Jazz Band1984Compil.
Giants Of Jazz: Bessie SmithBessie Smith1982Compil.
Bessie SmithBessie Smith1980Compil.
Bessie SmithBessie Smith1979Compil.
Bessie SmithBessie Smith1977Compil.
1895-1937Bessie Smith1977Compil.
"The Blues Heritage" / " I Remember ... Louis"King Oliver / Louis Armstrong / Bessie Smith1975Compil.
The Blues HeritageKing Oliver / Louis Armstrong / Bessie Smith1973Compil.
Nobody's Blues But MineBessie Smith1972Compil.
Empty Bed BluesBessie Smith1971Compil.
The EmpressBessie Smith1971Compil.
Bessie SmithBessie Smith1970Compil.
The World's Greatest Blues SingerBessie Smith1970Compil.
Any Woman's BluesBessie Smith1970Compil.
Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl / Gimme A PigfootBessie Smith1970Single
La Vie De Bessie Smith "L'Impératrice Du Blues"Bessie Smith1960Compil.
Jazz GalleryBessie Smith with Louis Armstrong1960Single
Empress Of The Blues No. 2Bessie Smith1959Single
Bessie's Blues - 1923-1924Bessie Smith1958Compil.
The Bessie Smith Story - Vol.3Bessie Smith with Joe Smith & Henderson's Hot Six1956Compil.
The Bessie Smith Story - Volume 4Bessie Smith1956Compil.
Bessie SmithBessie Smith1951Compil.
The Bessie Smith Story - Volume 1Bessie Smith With Louis Armstrong1951Compil.
The Bessie Smith Story - Volume 2Bessie Smith1951Compil.
Bessie SmithBessie Smith1951Compil.
Bessie SmithBessie Smith1951Single
Hustlin' Dan / Black Mountain BluesBessie Smith1950Album
Careless Love Blues / There'll Be A Hot Time In The Old Town TonightBessie Smith / Bessie Smith And Her Blue Boys1949Album
Bessie Smith Empress Of The Blues Vol. IIBessie Smith1947Album
Cemetery Blues / Any Woman's BluesBessie Smith1946Album
St. Louis Blues / Reckless BluesBessie Smith1946Album
Cake Walking Babies / Young Woman's BluesBessie Smith / Bessie Smith And Her Blue Boys1940Album
Empress Of The BluesBessie Smith1940Album
Cemetery Blues /Any Woman's BluesBessie Smith1940Album
Gimme A Pigfoot / Take Me For A Buggy RideBessie Smith1938Album
Bessie Smith AlbumBessie Smith1938Album
Young Woman's Blues / Baby DollBessie Smith1937Album
Gimme A Pigfoot / Take Me For A Buggy RideBessie Smith1934Album
Do Your Duty / I'm Down In The DumpsBessie Smith1934Album
St. Louis Blues / Reckless BluesBessie Smith1933Album
Do Your Duty / I'm Down With The DumpsBessie Smith1933Album
Long Old Road / Shipwreck BluesBessie Smith1932Album
Dyin' By The Hour / Foolish Man BluesBessie Smith1931Album
Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl / Safety MamaBessie Smith1931Album
Need A Little Sugar In My BowlBessie Smith1931Single
On Revival Day / Moan MournersBessie Smith With The Bessemer Singers1930Album
Keep It To Yourself / New Orleans Hop Scop BluesBessie Smith1930Album
Muggles / Back-Water BluesLouis Armstrong And His Savoy Ballroom Five, Bessie Smith1930Album
Baby Doll / Nobody Knows You When You're Down And OutBessie Smith1929Album
I'm Wild About That Thing / You've Got To Give Me SomeBessie Smith1929Album
He's Got Me Goin' / It Makes My Love Come DownBessie Smith1929Album
Kitchen Man / I Got What It Takes (But It Breaks My Heart To Give It Away)Bessie Smith1929Album
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out / Take It Right Back ('Cause I Don't Want It Here)Bessie Smith1929Album
Yes Indeed He Do / Devil's Gonna Git YouBessie Smith1928Album
Washwoman's Blues / Please Help Me Get Him Off My MindBessie Smith1928Album
Spider Man Blues / Put It Right Here (Or Keep It Out There)Bessie Smith1928Album
Jazzbo Brown From Memphis Town/Squeeze MeBessie Smith1928Album
Thinking Blues / I Used To Be Your Sweet MamaBessie Smith1928Album
Empty Bed BluesBessie Smith1928Album
Pickpocket Blues / I'd Rather Be Dead And Buried In My GraveBessie Smith1928Album
Muddy WaterBessie Smith1927Album
Trombone Cholly / Lock And KeyBessie Smith1927Album
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out / Back-Water BluesBessie Smith1927Album
Sweet Mistreater / Homeless BluesBessie Smith1927Album
Preachin' The Blues / Thinking BluesBessie Smith1927Album
Hard Time Blues / Young Woman's BluesBessie Smith / Bessie Smith And Her Blue Boys1927Album
Back-Water Blues / Preachin' The BluesBessie Smith1927Album
Preachin' The Blues / Thinking BluesBessie Smith1927Album
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out / Back-Water BluesBessie Smith1927Album
Mean Old Bed Bug Blues / A Good Man Is Hard To FindBessie Smith1927Album
A Good Man Is Hard To Find / After You've GoneBessie Smith1927Album
Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan) / Money BluesBessie Smith And Her Blue Boys / Bessie Smith1927Album
Money Blues / Hard Driving PapaBessie Smith1926Album
What's The Matter Now? / I Want Ev'ry Bit Of ItBessie Smith1926Album
The Gin House Blues / Lost Your Head BluesBessie Smith1926Album
Baby Doll / Them "Has Been Blues"Bessie Smith1926Album
Lonesome Desert Blues / Golden Rule BluesBessie Smith1926Album
Me And My Gin / Gin House BluesBessie Smith1926Album
Jazzbo Brown From Memphis Town / Squeeze MeBessie Smith1926Album
Midnight BluesBessie Smith1925Compil.
You've Been A Good Ole Wagon / Dixie Flyer BluesBessie Smith1925Album
Empty Bed BluesBessie Smith1925Album
Nobody's Blues But Mine / My Man BluesBessie Smith And Her Band / Bessie Smith And Clara Smith1925Album
Down Hearted BluesBessie Smith1925Compil.
The St. Louis Blues / Cold In Hand BluesBessie Smith1925Album
Florida Bound Blues / New Gulf Coast BluesBessie Smith1925Album
Yellow Dog BluesBessie Smith1925Single
St. Louis Blues/Reckless BluesBessie Smith1925Album
Careless Love Blues / Weeping Willow BluesBessie Smith1925Album
Woman's Trouble Blues / Love Me Daddy BluesBessie Smith1925Album
The Yellow Dog Blues / Soft Pedal BluesBessie Smith1925Album
Careless Love Blues / He's Gone BluesBessie Smith1925Album
Reckless Blues / Sobbin' Hearted BluesBessie Smith1925Album
Follow The Deal On Down / Sinful BluesBessie Smith1925Album
I've Been Mistreated And I Don't Like It / Red Mountain BluesBessie Smith1925Album
Nashville Women's Blues / I Ain't Goin' To Play Second FiddleBessie Smith1925Album
Careless Love Blues / Weeping Willow BluesBessie Smith1925Album
Salt Water Blues / Rainy Weather BluesBessie Smith1924Album
The Bye Bye Blues / Weeping Willow BluesBessie Smith1924Album
Frankie Blues / Hateful BluesBessie Smith1924Album
Work House Blues / House Rent BluesBessie Smith1924Album
Lou'siana Low-Down Blues / Mountain Top BluesBessie Smith1924Album
Sorrowful Blues / Rocking Chair BluesBessie Smith1924Album
Pinchbacks- Take 'Em Away / Ticket Agent Ease Your Window DownBessie Smith1924Album
Frosty Mornin' Blues / Easy Come Easy Go BluesBessie Smith1924Album
Boweavil Blues / Moonshine BluesBessie Smith1924Album
Frosty Mornin' BluesBessie Smith & Clara Smith1924Single
Haunted House Blues / Eavesdropper's BluesBessie Smith1924Album
Dying Gambler's Blues / Sing Sing Prison BluesBessie Smith1924Album
Baby Won't You Please Come Home Blues / Oh Daddy BluesBessie Smith1923Album
Jail-House Blues / Graveyard Dream BluesBessie Smith1923Album
If You Don't I Know Who Will / Nobody In Town Can Bake A Sweet Jelly Roll Like MineBessie Smith1923Album
Mama's Got The Blues / Outside Of ThatBessie Smith1923Album
Far Away Blues / I'm Going Back To My Used To BeBessie Smith And Clara Smith1923Album
'Tain't Nobody's Biz-Ness If I Do / Keeps On A-Rainin'Bessie Smith1923Album
Lady-Luck Blues / Yodling BluesBessie Smith1923Album
Whoa, Tillie, Take Your Time / My Sweetie Went AwayBessie Smith1923Album
Down Hearted Blues / Gulf Coast BluesBessie Smith1923Album
Chicago Bound Blues / Mistreatin' DaddyBessie Smith1923Album
St. Louis Gal / Sam Jones' BluesBessie Smith1923Album
Midnight Blues / Bleeding Hearted BluesBessie Smith1923Album
Trombone Cholly/Yellow Dog BluesBessie SmithAlbum
Cold In Hand Blues / You've Been A Good Old WagonBessie SmithAlbum
Sings ...Bessie SmithCompil.
Them's Graveyard Words / Send Me To The 'Lectric ChairBessie SmithAlbum
Volume TwoBessie SmithCompil.
Soft Pedal Blues / I Used To Be Your Sweet MammaBessie SmithAlbum
Please Help Me Get Him Off My MindBessie SmithCompil.
Empress Of The Blues Volume OneBessie SmithSingle
Empress Of The Blues Volume TwoBessie SmithSingle
Petits Jazz Pour TousBessie SmithSingle
Wipe 'Em Off / In The HouseSeven Gallon Jug Band / Bessie SmithAlbum
Nashville Woman's BluesBessie SmithCompil.
Quatre BluesBessie SmithSingle
Empress Of The BluesBessie SmithSingle
Empress Of The Blues Volume FourBessie SmithCompil.
Empress Of The Blues Volume FiveBessie SmithSingle
Film Soundtrack Vol. 1Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Ida CoxCompil.
Them's Graveyard WordsBessie SmithCompil.
Hot Spring Blues / Lookin' For My Man BluesBessie SmithAlbum
JazzlandLouis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Turk Murphy, Bix BeiderbeckeSingle
Soft Pedal Blues / I Used To Be Your Sweet MammaBessie SmithAlbum
Empress Of The Blues Volume ThreeBessie SmithSingle
Volume OneBessie SmithCompil.
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