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Bessie Smith
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    (April 15, 1894-September 26, 1937)
    Died in Clarksdale, Mississippi
    Albums include 'Masters,' 'Together,' 'Empty Bed Blues,' 'Sings The Blues' and 'Any Woman's Blues'
    Songs include 'A Good Man Is Hard To Find,' 'Baby Have Pity On Me,' 'Hard Time Blues,' 'Hateful Blues,' 'Haunted House Blues,' 'Jail House Blues' and 'House Rent Blues'
    Acted in 'St. Louis Blues (1929),' 'Bessie Smith (1969),' 'That's Black Entertainment (1990)' and 'Bluesland: A Portrait In American Music (1993)'
    She and her seven siblings were orphaned at young ages.
    Her nickname was 'Empress of the Blues.'
    She heavily abused alcohol.
    She has been described as crude and violent.
    She started her career as a street musician.
    She joined a traveling show, as a singer and dancer.
    People that enjoy playing the race card (despite proven facts), still spread rumors that she bled to death from a car wreck because she was taken to 'a white hospital,' therefore she was neglected.
    A majority of her song/album titles include the word 'Blues' as if she needed to constantly remind people of the type of music she sang.
    She was part of the vaudeville circuit.
    She rose above poverty with her singing.
    Her singing included 'scoops, slides and blue notes.'
    Rumors of her being neglected after her wreck have been proven wrong considering it was declared she died at the scene of her accident, rather than at the hospital.
    She was considered one of the best blues singers of the 20's.
    She ranked #26 on VH1's Top 100 Women of Rock 'n Roll.
    She was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame (1981).
    She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame (1984).
    She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1989).

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