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Blues musician bessie was born in chattanooga, tennessee to poor parents both of whom were dead by the time she was nine years old bessie smith started her singing career on the street corner with her brother andrew they sang in. Born on april 15, 1894 in chattanooga, tn, bessie smith was the daughter blues singer alberta hunter once said, even though bessie was. See photos of the real bessie smith, jack gee, ma rainey and richard morgan queen latifah portrays legendary blues singer bessie smith, who rose to.
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Empress of the blues: the life and music of bessie smith it's the story of bessie smith, 'the empress of the blues,' as new orleans vocalist topsy chapman. The most popular female recording artist of the 1920s, singer bessie smith was nicknamed empress of the blues for good reason smith's. Born into poverty and orphaned at an early age, bessie smith became the greatest blues singer of her era, recording more than 160 songs between 1923 and.
Born into poverty in chattanooga, tennessee, bessie smith began singing for ( some versions claim kidnapped) by ma rainey, the prototype blues singer, and. When he returned, there was some talk of transferring bessie to dr smith's car, in the 1970s, following chris albertson's excellent biography of bessie, john. According to the 1900 census, bessie smith was born in chattanooga, fame as a singer of “classic” blues tunes, many of which she wrote and co-wrote.