Bessie

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Stein and Day, 1972 - Biography & Autobiography - 253 pages
Considered by many to be the greatest blues singer of all time, Bessie Smith was also a successful vaudeville entertainer who became the highest-paid African-American performer of the roaring twenties. This book -- a revised and expanded edition of the classic biography of this extraordinary artist -- debunks many of the myths that have circulated since her untimely death in 1937. Chris Albertson writes with insight and candor about the singer's personal life and her career, supplementing his historical research with dozens of interviews with her relatives, friends, and associates, in particular Ruby Walker Smith, a niece by marriage who toured with Bessie for over a decade. For this new edition he includes more details of Bessie's early years, new interview material, and a chapter devoted to events and responses that followed the original publication in 1971. Book jacket.

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Section 1
9
Section 2
16
Section 3
22
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Chris Albertson is the acknowledged authority on Bessie Smith. A longtime contributor to "Stereo Review, Down Beat, Saturday Review, "and" "other publications, he has written extensive liner notes for jazz and blues albums and has produced a wide array of recordings, radio, and television programs.

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