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Browsing: Bessie Smith
It stretches for almost two miles, rising right up out of the Mississippi River. Beale Street. It’s where gamblers lived and died, hookers hooked and killers got away with it. For the first half of the 20thcentury, there was nowhere else you’d rather be….
Until August 10, 1920, record companies didn’t even try to sell music to—or by—black people. But on that day Mamie Smith, a 37-year-old medicine show singer from Cincinnati, barreled into a New York studio.
Bessie Smith, “The Last Waltz”, JIMI HENDRIX!!! This Week in Blues Past is packed FULL of killer blues!
Discover milestone births, some touching memorials, an incredible Piedmont Blues recording session,
This is the first time Smith’s life will be portrayed in film.