Empress of the Blues
Bessie Smith's Early Years
Pictures of the past
In the year of 1910 "Ma" Rainey took sixteen year old Bessie under her wing. She took her on the southern circuit of segregated black theaters and tent shows. Later on she recorded songs with Columbia. Her success saved the company from bankruptcy. She made 2000$ but that was a small amount of true earnings. She sang songs about the difficulty in during her career.
Bessie's Long Living Legacy
Work Cited Bibilography
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"Bessie Smith." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 21 Feb. 2016. <http://www.pbs.org/jazz/biography/artist_id_smith_bessie.htm>.
"Bessie Smith | American Singer." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 21 Feb. 2016. <http://www.britannica.com/biography/Bessie-Smith>.
"Bessie Smith Biography." The Biography.com Website. Ed. Biography.com Editors. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 21 Feb. 2016. <http://www.biography .com/people/bessie-smith-9486520>.