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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Nothing but the Blues III

Time to get back again to the 40CD box. Time to get to Bessie Smith.

Bessie Smith was the most successful Blues artist during the 1920's. Both performing and recording, making over 2000 US dollars a week!
Bessie was born in Tennessee in 1894. It was her brother, who was a vaudeville artist, who introduced her into the show business in 1912. From that time on Bessie worked in minstel shows, cabarets, night clubs or even street corners. Then something would change history. In 1920 Mama Smith (no relation of Bessie) had a hit with a Blues record called Crazy Blues. Since that moment every record label was constantly on the look out for female Blues singers. None the less, it would take Bessie another 2 years before she made her first recordings.
On this disc you will find some very old Bessie Smith recordings. Except for track 19 (1924) and tracks 20 & 21 (1927) all the recordings date from 1923. As a matter of fact the first two recordings ever (February 16, 1923, Down Harted Blues and Gulf Coast Blues) are on here as well (tracks 4 & 17). Pretty unique material!

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