Bessie Smith

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Early Influence

Inducted in: 1989

Inducted by: Anita Baker

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1996 (ranked #15 in the Influences - Pre-Rock Era category) .

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Downhearted Blues (1923)
St. Louis Blues (1925)
Nobody Knows When You're Down And Out (1929)

Bessie Smith @ Wikipedia

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2 comments so far (post your own)

i am a fan of bessie smith's work and glad she was inducted and history mentained.

Posted by linda lateh fombin on Sunday, 04.5.09 @ 17:42pm

She was the first major blues singer on record and processer of one of the most powerful singing voices in rock and roll history.

Bessie Smith rightfuly earned the nickname "Empress of the Blues" becuase of her powerful vocal delivery and her command of the blues.

She was also an entertainer who danced and acted during touring and she was the highest paid African American singer of her day and reached a greater level of success than any other black singer in the 1920s and 30s.

Her passionate voice still communicates with people to this day and Bessie has gone on to influence other great singers but, Janis Joplin was the singer that Bessie influenced the most.

Posted by Andrew on Monday, 04.8.13 @ 11:57am

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