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Bessie Smith

  • Apr 15, 1894 - Sep 26, 1937 (age 43)
  • 5' 9" (1.75 m)
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2018
The  Singles 1923-1928, Vol. 8
AlbumFeb 4, 2018

The Singles 1923-1928, Vol. 8

The Singles 1923-1928, Vol. 8 released.
2016
The Absolutely Essential Collection
AlbumNov 4, 2016

The Absolutely Essential Collection

The Absolutely Essential Collection released.
2014
The Bessie Smith Collection: 1923-1933
AlbumJul 8, 2014

The Bessie Smith Collection: 1923-1933

The Bessie Smith Collection: 1923-1933 released.
2013
The  Blues Effect: Bessie Smith
AlbumNov 11, 2013

The Blues Effect: Bessie Smith

The Blues Effect: Bessie Smith released.
2012
The  Complete Columbia Recordings
AlbumNov 6, 2012

The Complete Columbia Recordings

The Complete Columbia Recordings released.
Bessie Smith: The Blues Legend, Vol. 2
AlbumFeb 20, 2012

Bessie Smith: The Blues Legend, Vol. 2

Bessie Smith: The Blues Legend, Vol. 2 released.
Behind the Facade: Bessie Smith, Vol. 2
AlbumFeb 20, 2012

Behind the Facade: Bessie Smith, Vol. 2

Behind the Facade: Bessie Smith, Vol. 2 released.
2011
Blues Queen
AlbumNov 15, 2011

Blues Queen

Blues Queen released.
Dynamic Blues: Bessie Smith: 50 Essential Tracks
AlbumSep 19, 2011

Dynamic Blues: Bessie Smith: 50 Essent…

Dynamic Blues: Bessie Smith: 50 Essential Tracks released.
SongApr 19, 2011

I Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl
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2010
The Blues Biography
AlbumOct 12, 2010

The Blues Biography

The Blues Biography released.
ABC of the Blues, Vol. 39
AlbumSep 24, 2010

ABC of the Blues, Vol. 39

ABC of the Blues, Vol. 39 released.
2007
Itinerary of a Genius
AlbumSep 25, 2007

Itinerary of a Genius

Itinerary of a Genius released.
Young Woman's Blues
AlbumMay 31, 2007

Young Woman's Blues

Young Woman's Blues released.
SongMar 13, 2007

Careless Love
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The Undisputed Queen of the Blues, Volume 1
AlbumJan 26, 2007

The Undisputed Queen of the Blues, Vol…

The Undisputed Queen of the Blues, Volume 1 released.
2006
The Essence of Bessie Smith
AlbumOct 23, 2006

The Essence of Bessie Smith

The Essence of Bessie Smith released.
2005
Award2005

Grammy Hall of Fame

Won award for "Down Hearted Blues".
2004
Chattanooga Gal
AlbumOct 19, 2004

Chattanooga Gal

Chattanooga Gal released.
Empty Bed Blues, Vol. 4: Original Recordings 1927-1928
AlbumOct 4, 2004

Empty Bed Blues, Vol. 4: Original Recor…

Empty Bed Blues, Vol. 4: Original Recordings 1927-1928 …
Empty Bed Blues, Vol. 4: Original Recordings 1927-1928 released.
Complete Recordings, Vol. 6
AlbumJun 15, 2004

Complete Recordings, Vol. 6

Complete Recordings, Vol. 6 released.
Careless Love
AlbumApr 20, 2004

Careless Love

Careless Love released.
2001
Legendary Blues Recordings: Bessie Smith
AlbumMay 1, 2001

Legendary Blues Recordings: Bessie Sm…

Legendary Blues Recordings: Bessie Smith released.
Jazz
TV ShowJan 8, 2001

Jazz

Jazz is a 2001 television documentary miniseries, …
Jazz is a 2001 television documentary miniseries, directed by Ken Burns. It was broadcast on PBS in 2001, and was released on DVD and VHS on January 2, 2001 by the same company. Its chronological and thematic episodes provided a history of jazz, emphasizing innovative composers and musicians and American history. Swing musicians Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington are the central figures. Several episodes discussed the later contributions of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to bebop, and of Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, and John Coltrane to free and cool jazz. Nine episodes surveyed forty-five years (1917–1961), leaving the final episode to cover forty years (1961–2001). The series was produced by Florentine Films in cooperation with the BBC and in association with WETA-TV, Washington.
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2000
Midnight Blues
AlbumMay 2, 2000

Midnight Blues

Midnight Blues released.
Woman's Trouble Blues
AlbumFeb 21, 2000

Woman's Trouble Blues

Woman's Trouble Blues released.
1997
Bessie Smith: Members Edition
AlbumAug 1, 1997

Bessie Smith: Members Edition

Bessie Smith: Members Edition released.
1996
American Legends No. 14: Bessie Smith
AlbumMar 5, 1996

American Legends No. 14: Bessie Smith

American Legends No. 14: Bessie Smith released.
The Complete Recordings, Vol. 5: The Final Chapter
AlbumFeb 6, 1996

The Complete Recordings, Vol. 5: The Fi…

The Complete Recordings, Vol. 5: The Final Chapter released.
1994
Greatest Blues Singer
AlbumApr 2, 1994

Greatest Blues Singer

Greatest Blues Singer released.
1992
Award1992

Grammy Hall of Fame

Won Grammy Hall of Fame.
1988
Nomination1988

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominated for Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Award1988

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Won Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
1986
Brown Sugar
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TV ShowFeb 8, 1986

Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar released.
1982
Award1982

Grammy Hall of Fame

Won Grammy Hall of Fame.
1972
Nobody's Blues But Mine
AlbumJan 1, 1972

Nobody's Blues But Mine

Nobody's Blues But Mine released.
SongJan 1, 1972

Baby Doll
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1940
SongSep 1, 1940

Young Woman's Blues
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1937
Bessie Smith
PersonalSeptember 1937

Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith passed away.
1929
St. Louis Blues
en.wikipedia.org
MovieSep 8, 1929

St. Louis Blues

In this all-black cast short, legendary blues singer …
In this all-black cast short, legendary blues singer Bessie Smith finds her gambler lover Jimmy messin' with a pretty, younger woman; he leaves and she sings the blues, with chorus and dancers.
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1923
Jack Gee
MarriageJune 1923

Jack Gee

Married Jack Gee.
SongMay 1, 1923

Baby Won't You Please Come Home
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1919
Jack Gee, Jr.
ChildNovember 1919

Jack Gee, Jr.

Informal adoption. From http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Bessie_Smith In an attempt to save their marriage Smith adopted a six-year-old boy; the son of one of Smith's chorus girl's niece. They renamed the boy John Gee, Jr. and Smith took great pride in spoiling him. However, because of her constant touring Smith was unable to take care of John, Jr. daily. Therefore she bought two houses for her sisters in Philadelphia with the understanding that they care for her son while she was away.[17] 17. Jackie Kay. Bessie Smith. (Bath, UK: Absolute Press, 1997 from HBO Bessie movie vs the real Bessie Smith "Snooks," as she had nicknamed the boy, was Margaret Warren's niece's son. Warren was one of Bessie's chorus girls. The boy's father had been a stranger in the night, and the mother was having trouble making ends meet since she had other children. Bessie displayed a fondness for the child, and the mother told Bessie that if she ever felt that she couldn't take care of him, she would give him to Bessie for adoption. ... Bessie visited Snooks whenever she was in Macon, showering him with gifts and affection. When the boy was six, the woman made good on her promise and gave Snooks to Bessie, who then named him Jack, Jr. Though Bessie treated him like a son, years later it was discovered that the adoption had never been legal. Like in the movie, Jack warmed to the child, at least at first, and Viola was given the task of caring for the boy when Bessie was away. -'Bessie' by Chris Albertson Spark Notes - BESSIE SMITH - Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out All through 1930 and 1931, Jack Gee, Jr.. was in a boy's home in Maryland, away from his mother. In 1932, he was discharged to Jack Gee. Jack Gee, Jr. wrote to Smith, telling her how miserable he was. Smith, accompanied by a sizeable group of male friends, traveled to Gee's at once to fetch Jack, Jr. and brought her son back to Philadelphia. Although Smith had high hopes for Jack, Jr. –in particular, she wanted him to be a lawyer–Jack, Jr. had no interest in school or in settling down to a regular life. Like his mother, he was apt to disappear for days at a time. Bessie: Revised and expanded edition By Chris Albertson. "Jack Gee owned a laundromat in Philadelphia ... Died at the age of 84 on June 6, 1973; Jack, Jr., worked as a bartender in Philadelphia, where he died in the 1990s." Fkps&dq=jack%20gee%20jr&pg=PA61#v=onepage&q&f=true "Bessie Smith Musical Stirs Fond Memories For Son" Jet Magazine, Dec 27, 1982. 64 pages. Vol. 63, No. 16 ISSN 0021-5996. Published by Johnson Publishing Company. Page 61-62 Re: Jack Gee was Bessie Smith's husband
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1894
Bessie Smith
BirthApril 1894

Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith was born.
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