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“The Empress Of the Blues”: How Bessie Smith Became One Of The Highest Paid Black Performers Of Her Time (Video)

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Bessie Smith was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on April 15, 1894. She began to sing at a young age and in 1923 signed a contract with Columbia Records. Soon she was among the highest-paid black performers of her time with hits like “Downhearted Blues.” By the end of the 1920s, …read more

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