Bessie Smith

Empress of the Blues

By: Taylor Yeager and Sonja Thompson

All about Bessie Smith

*Born On~ April 15, 1894
*Born In~ Chattanooga, Tenessee
*Died On~ September 26, 1937
*Died In~ Clarksdale
*Married To~ Jack Gee
*Mother~ Laura Smith
*Father~ William Smith
*Type of Music~ Jazz and Blues
*A Few of Her Many Albums~ The Smithsonian Anthology, Empress of the Blues
*Nickname~ The Empress of the Blues
*A Few of Her Songs~  At the Christmas Ball, St. Louis Blues, Backwater Blues, Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out and I Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl
*Specialty~ She was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s.

How She Contributed

*She brought a new style of music to the world in the 1920s.
*She brought jazz and blues music together.

Works Cited

"Bessie Smith." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 03 Feb. 2013. Web. 05 Mar. 2013. .

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