Bessie Smith

The Empress of The Blues

STARTING OUT

To Earn money, Bessei and her brother began singing on the streets as a duo. While she sang and Danced, her brother acccompanied her on the guitar. In 1904 her oldest broher, Clarence, left home and joined a small traveling troupe owned by Moses Stokes. If she would have been old enough, she would have gone with him. he retruned in 1912 to offer her an audition with his managers.

BACKGROUND

Bessie

Nicknamed The Empress of The Blues

Most popular female blues singer of the 20's and 30's

born April 15, 1894. died Sep. 26 1937

Often regarded as one of the best singers of her era

Lived in Philadelphia