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Bessie

Chris Albertson

Bessie Smith, the great singer known as the "Empress of the Blues," is considered by many to be the greatest blues singer of all time. She was also a successful vaudeville entertainer who became the highest-paid African American performer of the Roaring Twenties. Chris Albertson's revised and expanded edition of the biography of this extraordinary artist debunks many of the myths that have circulated since her untimely death in 1937. 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, including Ruby Walker Smith, a niece by marriage who toured with Bessie for over a decade.

Bessie Smith, the great singer known as the "Empress of the Blues," is considered by many to be the greatest blues singer of all time. She was also a successful vaudeville entertainer who became the highest-paid African American performer of the Roaring Twenties. Chris Albertson's revised and expanded edition of the biography of this extraordinary artist debunks many of the myths that have circulated since her untimely death in 1937. 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, including Ruby Walker Smith, a niece by marriage who toured with Bessie for over a decade.
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Bessie Smith, the great singer known as the "Empress of the Blues," is considered by many to be the greatest blues singer of all time. She was also a successful vaudeville entertainer who became the highest-paid African American performer of the Roaring Twenties. Chris Albertson's revised and expanded edition of the biography of this extraordinary artist debunks many of the myths that have circulated since her untimely death in 1937. 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, including Ruby Walker Smith, a niece by marriage who toured with Bessie for over a decade.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robertson Dean

Length:

13h 16m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

29:21


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

50:27


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

47:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

48:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

33:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

38:31


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

49:04


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

48:23


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

34:14


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

33:37


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

51:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

31:24


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

30:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

33:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

40:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

33:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

33:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

37:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

30:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

22:21


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

37:45