About welcome to bessiesmithcom, a blog devoted to the music of the late, great, bessie smith. Bessie smith photo: carl van vechten known as the empress of the blues, bessie smith influenced entire generations of blues, jazz, and rock musicians and was the highest-paid black entertainer of her time. Bessie smith was born into poverty sometime around april 15, 1894 because of the apathy the states record department had for negro birth records the exact date of her birth is not known. Bessie smith was born in chattanooga tennessee , her parents names were laura smith , william smith soon after bessie birth her father william passed. Bessie, hbo's new biopic from writer-director dee rees, tracks bessie smith's rise to fame as the empress of blues and delivers stunning performances f.
Bessie is an hbo tv film about legendary american blues singer bessie smith, and focuses on her transformation as a struggling young singer into the empress of the blues. Bessie smith 1894-1937 / singer bessie smith was known as the empress of the blues for the majesty and power with which she belted out tunes. Looking for bessie smith obituaries browse these and more at legacycom. As queen latifah steps into the role of bessie smith in hbo's biopic bessie, which airs this saturday, we're taking a look at how smith's meeting with the mother of the blues early in her career would change her life forever. Bessie smith song lyrics collection browse 323 lyrics and 1369 bessie smith albums.
Bessie smith was an american blues singer nicknamed the empress of the blues, she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s she is of. Bessie smith 24k likes the first major blues and jazz singer on record and one of the most powerful of all time, bessie smith rightly earned the title. Bessie smith news find breaking news, commentary, and archival information about bessie smith from the latimes. Hbo's new biopic bessie, which stars queen latifah, chronicles the life of legendary blues singer bessie smith -- from her rise to fame to the expressi. Bessie smith (july 9, 1892 or april 15, 1894 - september 26, 1937) was an american blues singer she was sometimes called the empress of the blues and was very popular in the 1920s and 1930s a lot of people think that she was one of the best singers of her time, and along with louis. Today would have been-by most accounts-bessie smith's 119th birthday.
A short summary of 's bessie smith this free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of bessie smith. Genealogy for bessie gee (smith) (1894 - 1937) family tree on geni, with over 175 million profiles of ancestors and living relatives. 2 explanations, 2 meanings for bessie smith lyrics including careless love, empty bed blues, cemetery blues at lyricsmodecom. Bessie smith, soundtrack: angel heart bessie smith was born on april 15, 1894 in chattanooga, tennessee, usa as elizabeth smith she was married to jack gee she died on september 26, 1937 in clarksdale, mississippi, usa. Find bessie smith biography and history on allmusic - the first major blues and jazz singer on record. Bessie smith is credited as blues and jazz singer, called the empress of the blues , bessie smith, also known as elizabeth smith, bessie elizabeth smith born april 15, 1894 in chattanooga, tennessee, united states - died september 26, 1937.
Bessie smith empress of the blues birthplace: chattanooga, tn location of death: clarksdale, ms cause of death: accident - automobile remains: buried, mount lawn c a major influence on the development of the blues in the early twentieth century, bessie smith was given a challenging start to. Miche braden knows of what she sings or, at the very least, she's able to summon at will the rebel spirit of the entertainer she so heartily embodies bessie smith in the devil's music: the life and blues of bessie smith, the brisk and earthy bio-play that launches mosaic theater.
- 1894() - 1937 - bessie smith's outsize voice and personality made her one of the most popular performers of the early 20th century her willingness to fight against any slight, her enormously powerful singing style, and her passion for life informed her music and engaged audiences in that.
- The biopic of the blues singer bessie smith was written and directed by dee rees.