Bessie Smith
By: Alicia Pickett

Bessie Smith was born on April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She died on September 26, 1937 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Even though she wasn't religious, her father was a baptist.

She had 4 sisters: Lulu, Clarence, Violoa, and Tinnie Smith. She also has one brother named Andrew Smith. Her fathers name was William Smith and her mothers name was Laura Smith. Bessie Smith was a blues singer. She danced and sanged to help out with family expenses.


Bessie was raised by her older sister, Viola, after her mother died when she was 9 years old. Bessie did not go to school, but in a way of earning money, her and her brother, Andrew, began performing with a guitar.

Bessie was married to a man named Early Love, but he later on died. She later on got married to a watchmen named Jack Gee. They later on divorced when she became an alcoholic and a promiscuous bisexual. A decade later, she fell in love with a guy named Richard Morgan. They both died in a car accident.

Friends who may have known Bessie are: Ma Rainey, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Jack Gee Jr., and W.C. Handy.

Famous Quotes

"I ain't good lookin', but I'm somebody's angel child."

"No time to marry, no time to settle down; I'm a young woman, and i aint done running around."

Interesting Facts

Her recording debut, "Downhearted Blue," sold 750,000 copies in 1923. She was the daughter of William, who is a baptist preacher.

She was kidnapped by Getrude "Ma" Rainey


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