Bessie Smith Mikayla Tucker

Empress of the blues

Bessie Smith was born on April 15th, 1894. She did not get much education to really none but her occupation was singing. She made many accomplishments including 160 recordings in all and sold 800,000 copies. She became known as the "Empress of the Blues." One of her many popular songs was " Backwater Blues."

Bessie Smiths child life was not easy for her. Shortly after she was born her Father William Smith died. As for her Mother Laura Smith died as well as her two brothers when she was eight. With having no mother or father influences her Aunt came to raise her and her brother. After all this she sang on the corners of the street for money and was accompanied by her brother. By 1912 she became a dancer in the Moses Stokes minstrel show. Than she was taken under the wing by Ma Rainey who was a blues singer and continued down the path of performing.

Bessie Smith made many accomplishments and started to collab with other singers. Louis Armstrong was one of the people she collaborated with. She also got the Grammy of Hall of Fame, which are given to people 25 years or older with recordings which have qualities or historical significance. At the end of 1920's she became the top paid African- American performers. She is known for her being able to perform in shows that were sold out and she impacted the future Blues singers with her legacy.

Smith Died September 26,1937 in a car wreck on the way to one of her performances. A rumor went around that when they arrived at the hospital that they refused to take her in because of her color and she bleed to death.

"It's a long old road, but I know I'm gonna find the end." -Bessie Smith

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