1923, her records were issued on Columbia's regular A-series. Her hits include Downhearted Blues and Nobody Knows You When Youre Down and Out. The Bessie Smith Exception, here was a woman able to compensate for linguistic limitations just by simplifying her lyrics and subjects and upping the human timbre of her delivery accordingly. 33 The board annually selects recordings that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Although she primarily performed to black audiences, Bessie did find popularity among whites as well. Neither the classic female singers nor the country bluesmen who preceded them went for such antics. Although this is written as a classic 12-bar blues, Bessie gives it the feel of a pop song with a quick tempo and a pretty varied melody.
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For people who came from the South as I did, you could recognise a similarity between what she was doing and what preachers from there could do how they moved people. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. In 1929, when she learned of his affair with another singer, Gertrude Saunders, Smith ended the relationship, although neither of them sought a divorce. Box 770682 Lakewood,.228.4779 Phone or Fax E-mail. Her records sold excellently and she became a major attraction in vaudeville. Smith dressed her arm injury with a clean handkerchief and asked Broughton to go to a house about 500 feet off the road to call an ambulance. She went on to record more than 160 songs between 19 recording with such jazz legends as Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and Coleman Hawkins. She was also able to benefit from the new technology of radio broadcasting, even on stations in the segregated South. An indomitable spirit Bessies music is as indomitable as she was herself bellowing, rough, repeatedly bleak, but also deeply warm, hopeful and human, all in one. "Bessie Smith: Music's Original, Bitchinest Bad Girl".