The first main blues and jazz singer on record and something of the very most powerful ever, Bessie Smith rightly earned the title of “The Empress from the Blues.” Also on her initial information in 1923, her passionate tone of voice overcame the primitive documenting quality of your day but still communicates conveniently to today’s listeners (that is incorrect of every other vocalist from that early period). At the same time once the blues had been in & most vocalists (especially vaudevillians) had been getting dubbed “blues performers,” Bessie Smith merely acquired no competition. Back 1912, Bessie Smith sang within the same present as Ma Rainey, who had taken her under her wing and coached her. Although Rainey would obtain a way of measuring popularity throughout her profession, she was shortly surpassed by her protégée. In 1920, Smith acquired her own present in Atlantic Town and, in 1923, she transferred to NY. She was shortly agreed upon by Columbia and her initial documenting (Alberta Hunter’s “Downhearted Blues”) produced her well-known. Bessie Smith proved helpful and recorded progressively throughout the 10 years, using many best music artists as sidemen on periods including Louis Armstrong, Joe Smith (her preferred cornetist), Adam P. Johnson, and Charlie Green. Her summertime tent present Harlem Frolics was a huge hit during 1925-1927, and Mississippi Times in 1928 held the momentum heading. Nevertheless, by 1929 the blues had been out of style and Bessie Smith’s profession was declining despite coming to the top of her power (but still just 35). She made an appearance in St. Louis Blues that season (a low-budget film short which has the only video footage of her), but her strike documenting of “No one Knows You IF YOU ARE Down and Out” forecasted her leaner Despair years. Although she was slipped by Columbia in 1931 and produced her last recordings on the four-song program in 1933, Bessie Smith continued working. She performed the Apollo in 1935 and substituted for Billie Visit to the display Celebrities Over Broadway. The probabilities are very great that she’d have enjoyed a resurgence, you start with a Carnegie Hall appearance at John Hammond’s upcoming From Spirituals to Golf swing concert, but she was wiped out in an automobile crash in Mississippi. Columbia offers reissued most of her recordings, 1st in five two-LP units and recently on five two-CD package units that also contain her five alternative requires, the soundtrack of St. Louis Blues, and an interview with her niece Ruby Smith. “The Empress from the Blues,” predicated on her recordings, won’t need to abdicate her throne.
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|Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill||2016||TV Movie writer: "Baby Doll" - as Smith|
|Gas Light||2016||performer: "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Baby Won't You Please Come Home"|
|Bessie||2015||TV Movie performer: "Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer" / writer: "Young Woman's Blues", "Long Old Road"|
|The Originals||2015||TV Series performer - 1 episode|
|A Good Man||2014/I||Short performer: "A Good Man is Hard to Find" / writer: "A Good Man is Hard to Find"|
|Boardwalk Empire||2012||TV Series 1 episode|
|The Hour||2011||TV Series writer - 1 episode|
|Water for Elephants||2011||performer: "I Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl"|
|Nights in Rodanthe||2008||writer: "Backwater Blues"|
|Idlewild||2006||performer: "Do Your Duty"|
|Cold Case||2005||TV Series performer - 1 episode|
|Kill Bill: Vol. 2||2004||performer: "About Her"|
|Carnivàle||TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2003 writer - 1 episode, 2003|
|The Blues||TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode, 2003 performer - 1 episode, 2003|
|History Lessons||2000||Documentary performer: "Soft Pedal Blues" - uncredited / writer: "Soft Pedal Blues" - uncredited|
|Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music||1993||Documentary performer: "St. Louis Blues"|
|The Butcher's Wife||1991||performer: "T'AINT NOBODY'S BIZNESS IF I DO"|
|Die Schauspielerin||1988||performer: "NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOU'RE DOWN AND OUT"|
|Angel Heart||1987||performer: "Honeymoon Blues"|
|'Round Midnight||1986||writer: "Put It Right Here"|
|Rich and Famous||1981||performer: "Take Me for a Buggy Ride"|
|Carbon Copy||1981||performer: "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out"|
|Lucky Lady||1975||performer: "Empty Bed Blues", "A Hot Time in the Old Town"|
|Sanford and Son||1975||TV Series performer - 1 episode|
|Brother Can You Spare a Dime||1975||Documentary performer: "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" 1923|
|Sing Sing Thanksgiving||1974||Documentary performer: "Sing Sing Prison Blues"|
|St. Louis Blues||1929||Short performer: "St. Louis Blues"|
|St. Louis Blues||1929||Short||Bessie - Battered Wife|
|Jazz||2001||TV Mini-Series documentary||Herself|
|Soul Power!||2013||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|Jazz Britannia||2005||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|The Blues||2003||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|Great Performances||2003||TV Series||Herself|
|It's Black Entertainment||2002||TV Special documentary||Herself|
|Blues Odyssey||2001||TV Movie documentary||Herself|
|A Huey P. Newton Story||2001||TV Movie documentary||Herself (uncredited)|
|Blues Masters||1999||Video documentary|
|The Century: America's Time||1999||TV Mini-Series documentary||Herself|
|Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music||1993||Documentary||Herself - Performer|
|Arena||1993||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|That's Black Entertainment||1990||Documentary||Herself|
|The Ladies Sing the Blues||1989||Herself|
|Brown Sugar||1986||TV Mini-Series documentary||Herself|
|Before Stonewall||1984||Documentary||Herself - standing at bar of speakeasy (uncredited)|
|All You Need Is Love||1977||TV Series documentary||Herself|
|Sanford and Son||1975||TV Series||Herself|
|Black Music in America: From Then Till Now||1971||Documentary short||Herself|
|...And Beautiful II||1970||TV Movie||Herself|
|Bessie Smith||1969||Short documentary||Herself|
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