early blues recording industry was heavily dependent on the constant influx
of women's voices. One of the most renowned blues arists was Bessie Smith,
also known by many as "The Empress."
from "Bessie Smith: The Empress of Blues," a detailed biography of Bessie Smith by Cindy Hanna
Smith was the greatest and most influential classic blues singer of the
1920s. Her full-bodied blues delivery coupled with a remarkable self-assuredness
that worked its way in and around most every note she sang, plus her sharp
sense of phrasing, enabled her to influence virtally every female blues
singer who followed."
from "Blueflame Cafe Archive" presenting a detailed biography of Bessie Smith
Smith had a huge sweeping voice, capable of strength and tenderness, which
she left behind on 160 recordings."
from the webpage "Bessie Smith" by Joel Snow at the siteˇ@
"Bessie Smith, a native of Chattanooga . . ."ˇ@
from a brief biography at the site hosted byˇ@
Chantanooga News Bureau
The Bessie Smith Hall at Chattanooga as a permanent Bessie Smith exhibit and also the Chattanooga African-American Museum
started out as a street musician in Chattanooga."
from a brief biography at "Red Hot Jazz Archive"