Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith Biography

The great singer known as the "Empress of the Blues". Considered by many to be the greatest blues singer of all time, Bessie Smith was also a successful vaudeville entertainer who became the highest paid African-American performer of the roaring twenties. Died tragically in a car accident. Half-sister of Diamond Teeth Mary.

Born: April 15, 1895 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA

Died: September 26, 1937 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA

Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 (Early Influence).

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