Bessie Smith

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Bessie Smith was best known for being the most popular female blues singer in the 1920's. People referred to her as the best singers in here era, alone with Louis Armstrong.

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Bessie Smith was born on April 15, 1894, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States.

She died on September 26, 1937 ( aged 43) in Clarksdale, Mississippi, United Stares.

She died in a car accident.

Intresting Facts

-Her recording debut, "Downhearted Blues," sold 750,000 copies in 1923.

-Before the Great Depression, she was the highest-paid African American entertainer in the world, she collecting as much as $2,000 per week to sing her songs.

-She was on the verge of a comeback, when she was killed in a car crash in 1937.

She recorded with blues greats such as Fletcher Henderson, James P. Johnson, Coleman Hawkins, Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman.