Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith

Born Apr 15, 1894
  • Singer, Actor
Bessie Smith was an American blues singer. Nicknamed The Empress of the Blues, Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and, along with Louis Armstrong, a major influence on other jazz vocalists.

Bessie Smith Stats


: Smith, Bessie, bessie_smith, Elizabeth Smith, Empress of the Blues


: Singer, Actor


: 5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)


: African American


: United States of America

Date of Birth

: Apr 15, 1894 - Sep 26, 1937 (43 years old)

Place of Birth

: Chattanooga

Date of Death

: Sep 26, 1937

Place of Death

: Clarksdale

Cause of Death

: Traffic collision

Bessie Smith Film Roles

  1. St. Louis Blues
    St. Louis Blues

Bessie Smith Film Appearances

  1. Hollywood Rhythm: Vol. 1: The Best of Jazz & Blues
  2. Masters of American Music: Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music
  3. The Ladies Sing Jazz: Vol. 1
  4. The Archive: Vol. 3: Jazz
  5. The Ladies Sing the Blues
  6. Sarah Vaughan: Swing Era
  7. T'Aint Nobodys Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s

Bessie Smith Albums

  1. Great Original Performances: 1925-1933
  2. 1923-1933 Empress of the Blues
  3. The Essential Bessie Smith
  4. Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Bessie Smith
  5. Greatest Hits
  6. Bessie Smith: The Greatest Blues Singer in the World
  7. Empress of the Blues
  8. The Collection
  9. The Complete Recordings, Volume 1
  10. The Complete Recordings, Volume 2