Bessie Smith

Born: 
04/15/1894
City: 
Chattanooga
Region: 
Tennessee
Country: 
USA
Died: 
09/26/1937
Years Active: 
1912-1937
Instruments: 
Vocals

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Bessie Smith was an American blues singer nicknamed The Empress of the Blues. Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and, along with Louis Armstrong, a major influence on subsequent jazz vocalists.