Today In Black History: September 26, 1937 “Death of Blues Singer Bessie Smith”

Bessie Smith

On September 26, 1937, Blues singer Bessie Smith lost her life in a fatal car crash. Smith was known as, “The Empress of Blues.” Smith worked with the likes of Louis Armstrong, John Hammond, James P. Johnson, and several others. “In 1989, Smith was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 1994, the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative Bessie Smith postage stamp.” Smith has also been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame Awards three times for her songs,”Empty Bed Blues,” “St. Louis Blues,” and “Downhearted Blues.”

“Empty Bed Blues”

“St. Louis Blues”

“Downhearted Blues”

 

Source: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

 

You can purchase songs from Bessie Smith’s catalog here on iTunes and Amazon!

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