Empress of the Blues - Bessie Smith

"I ain't good-lookin', but I'm somebody's angel child" - Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith was a classic blues singer dubbed "Empress of the Blues". Born April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Bessie died in a car crash September 26, 1937.

Born into poverty and orphaned at an early age, Bessie Smith became the greatest blues singer of her era, recording more than 160 songs between 1923 and 1933.

In her early career, Smith performed on stage throughout the southern U.S. before making records. She recorded with such jazz legends as Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Coleman Hawkins, but it was Smith who was the star.

Bessie's hits include "Downhearted Blues" and "Nobody Knows When You're Down and Out." Smith Smith appeared in the 1929 movie St. Louis Blues.


Susan Sager Brown said...

Sherre,love this piece! Bessie Smith is a wonderful subject. Thank you for spotlighting these wonderful musicians with your beautiful artful homage!!!

Lezlei Ann Young said...

I love Bessie! Especially those wings!! You've been busy!


Kelly Kilmer said...

LOVE it!!!!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

It was so nice meeting you today, too! :) I love your pieces, how great they are! Hope to see you again,
xo Lidy

Gaby Bee said...

Your collage is absolutely stunning!!! The colors and the image are fantastic and the rusty wings make it just perfect. LOVE it!
Gaby xo