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Clara Smith


Among the legendary unrelated Smith performers from the 1920s, Clara Smith was never on Bessie’s level or seeing that significant seeing that Mamie but she had something of her own to provide. She began focusing on the theater circuit and in vaudeville around 1910, learning her build during the following 13 years whilst travelling through the entire South. In 1923 Clara Smith found NY and she documented continuously for Columbia through 1932, trimming 122 songs frequently with the support of top music artists (specifically after 1925) including Louis Armstrong, Charlie Green, Joe Smith, Freddy Jenkins and Wayne P. Johnson (in 1929). Plus she documented two vocal duets with Bessie Smith and four with Lonnie Johnson. She was billed because the “Queen from the Moaners” although Smith in fact experienced a lighter and sweeter tone of voice than her contemporaries and primary rivals. She performed through the entire country (actually appearing around the Western Coastline during 1924-25) and in Harlem revues during her primary years. Clara Smith was energetic until soon before her loss of life in 1935 from center failure at age 40.

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Full Name Clara Smith
Died February 2, 1935, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Profession Singer
Nationality American
Music Songs It's Tight Like That, Don't Advertis Your Man, Ain't Got Nobody to Grind My Coffee, Oh! Mister Mitchell, My Man Blues, Far Away Blues, Strugglin' Woman's Blues, Black Cat Moan, Sobbin' Sister Blues, Percolatin' blues, Steamboat Man Blues, For Sale, Whip It to a Jelly, Shipwrecked Blues, Daddy Don't Put That Thing On Me Blues, The L & N Blues, I'm Going Back to My Used to Be, You Can't Stay Here No More, Kitchen Mechanic Blues, Broken Busted Blues, Good Looking Papa Blues, Tired Of The Way You Do, Done Sold My Soul To The Devil, Down In The Mouf Blues, Don't Fool Around On Me, Freight Train Blues, My Brand-New Papa, What Makes You Act Like That?, Got My Mind On That Thing, Papa I Don't Need You Now, Let's Get Loose, You're Getting Old On Your Job
Albums Queen of the Moaners, Clara Smith Vol. 2 (1924), Best Of The Blues, Clara Smith Vol. 1 (1923-1924), Gin Mill Blues, Clara Smith Vol. 5 (1927-1929), Clara Smith Vol. 6 (1930-1932), All Night Blues, Clara Smith Vol. 3 (1925)

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The Fable of Hifaluting Tillie and Her Plain Parents 1915 Short Tillie's Mother
Your Girl and Mine: A Woman Suffrage Play 1914 Aunt Jane
Mongrel and Master 1914 Short Mrs. Stone - Ruth's Mother
Chains of Bondage 1914 Short Fanchette - the Nurse
The Fulfillment 1914 Short Mrs. Mason - Ruth's Mother
The Other Girl 1914 Short Ruth's Mother
Dawn and Twilight 1914 Short Mrs. Waters - Mary's Mother
The Testing Fire 1914 Short
The Hour and the Man 1914 Short The Old Neighbor
The Stigma 1913 Short Clifford's Mother
Stone the Woman 1913 Short The Woman's Mother
Homespun 1913 Short
What's the Matter with Father? 1913 Short Old Man Davis' Sister
Easy Payments 1913 Short
The Value of Mothers-in-Law 1913 Short 2nd Mother-in-Law
Into the North 1913 Short The Old Indian's Squaw
Cousin Jane 1913 Short
The Deacon's Dilemma 1913 Short The Parson's Wife
The Rival Salesmen 1913 Short Mrs. John Redmond
The Swag of Destiny 1913 Short Mrs. Jim Dorgan (as Mrs. Smith)
Hypnotism in Hicksville 1913 Short Miss Smith - the Washerwoman
The Starbucks 1912 Short Mrs. Jasper Starbuck (as Mrs. C.R. Smith)
An Unexpected Fortune 1912 Short Mrs. John Cremer (as Clara Reynolds Smith)
Murray the Masher 1912 Short The Housekeeper (as Clara Reynolds Smith)
The Little Organist 1912 Short Mrs. Sneer - Village Gossip (as Clara Reynolds Smith)

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