B1583. (BESSIE SMITH) CHRIS ALBERTSON. Bessie. New York, Stein & Day, 1982. 253pp. Index; Bibliography; Discography; Photos. This book-a revised and expanded edition of the definitive biography of Bessie Smith, known as the ‘Empress of the Blues’ debunks many of the myths that circulated after her untimely death in 1937. Softbound. - 0-8128-1700-1
“Nicknamed ‘The Empress of the Blues’, Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and, along with Louis Armstrong, a major influence on subsequent jazz vocalists. Recordings of Bessie Smith were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. This special Grammy Award was established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least 25 years old and that have ‘qualitative or historical significance’.
- Zillah Dorset Akron