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).