The Empress of the Blues
In 1923, Bessie started to record. She also fell in love and got married. She was considered the highest paid black entertainer. Bessie's shows sometimes had 40 trumpet players accompanying her. Her first song "Gulf Coast Blues" became a big hit. Bessie made 160 recordings, often accompanying with Louis Armstrong and many other big hit jazz musicians. On September 26, 1937, Bessie Smith got into a car accident and died. Although she's gone, her music will never be forgotten.