|Burial place||Lincoln Cemetery, Cook County, Illinois|
|Known for||First African American and female aviator|
What was Bessie Smith known for singing?
Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) was an American blues singer widely renowned during the Jazz Age. Nicknamed the “Empress of the Blues”, she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1930s.
What made Bessie Smith stand out?
While some, such as the Black Swan Records, labeled her as “rough,” Smith’s ability to channel her personality and life experience into her voice is what made her stand out.
How did Bessie Smith impact the world?
With her subsequent recordings, Smith was one of the artists who propelled the fledgling “race records” market of music targeted to black audiences that had launched a few years earlier in 1920 with Mamie Smith’s hit “Crazy Blues.” Through the rest of the 1920s, Bessie Smith became one of the earliest stars of recorded