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download St. Louis Blues - Bessie Smith - The Essential Bessie Smith (CD) full album

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Label: Columbia - C2K 64922,Legacy - C2K 64922 Series: Roots N Blues Format: 2x, CD Compilation, Remastered Country: Brazil Genre: Jazz, Blues Style: Rhythm Blues, Cool Jazz

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No results were found for that selection. Bessie Smith: In , Smith made her only film appearance, starring in a two-reeler , St. Louis Blues , based on W. Johnson and a string section—a musical environment radically different from that of any of her recordings. In , John Hammond , who also mentored Billie Holiday , asked Smith to record four sides for Okeh which had been acquired by Columbia Records in He claimed to have found her in semi-obscurity, working as a hostess in a speakeasy on Ridge Avenue in Philadelphia.

In , when she made the Okeh sides, she was still touring. Hammond was known for his selective memory and gratuitous embellishments. Made on November 24, , they serve as a hint of the transformation she made in her performances as she shifted her blues artistry into something that fit the swing era. The relatively modern accompaniment is notable. The band included such swing era musicians as the trombonist Jack Teagarden , the trumpeter Frankie Newton , the tenor saxophonist Chu Berry , the pianist Buck Washington, the guitarist Bobby Johnson, and the bassist Billy Taylor.

Benny Goodman , who happened to be recording with Ethel Waters in the adjoining studio, dropped by and is barely audible on one selection. Hammond was not entirely pleased with the results, preferring to have Smith revisit her old blues sound.

On September 26, , Smith was critically injured in a car crash on U. Route 61 between Memphis, Tennessee , and Clarksdale, Mississippi. Her lover, Richard Morgan, was driving, and misjudged the speed of a slow-moving truck ahead of him. Tire marks at the scene suggested that Morgan tried to avoid the truck by driving around its left side, but he hit the rear of the truck side-on at high speed.

Smith, who was in the passenger seat, probably with her right arm or elbow out the window, took the full brunt of the impact. Morgan escaped without injuries. The first person on the scene was a Memphis surgeon, Dr. Hugh Smith no relation. This is the most reliable eyewitness testimony about the events surrounding her death. Arriving at the scene, Hugh Smith examined Smith, who was lying in the middle of the road with obviously severe injuries. He estimated she had lost about a half pint of blood, and immediately noted a major traumatic injury: Though the light was poor, he observed only minor head injuries.

He attributed her death to extensive and severe crush injuries to the entire right side of her body, consistent with a sideswipe collision. Henry Broughton a fishing partner of Dr. Smith dressed her arm injury with a clean handkerchief and asked Broughton to go to a house about feet off the road to call an ambulance. By the time Broughton returned, about 25 minutes later, Bessie Smith was in shock.

Time passed with no sign of the ambulance, so Hugh Smith suggested that they take her into Clarksdale in his car. He and Broughton had almost finished clearing the back seat when they heard the sound of a car approaching at high speed. Smith flashed his lights in warning, but the oncoming car failed to stop and plowed into his car at full speed. The young couple in the new car did not have life-threatening injuries. Two ambulances then arrived from Clarksdale—one from the black hospital, summoned by Broughton, the other from the white hospital, acting on a report from the truck driver, who had not seen the accident victims.

Bessie Smith was taken to the G. Thomas Afro-American Hospital in Clarksdale, where her right arm was amputated. She died that morning without regaining consciousness. After her death, an often repeated but now discredited story emerged that she died because a whites-only hospital in Clarksdale refuse to admit her.

The jazz writer and producer John Hammond gave this account in an article in the November issue of Down Beat magazine.

Catto Elks Lodge to accommodate the estimated 10, mourners who filed past her coffin on Sunday, October 3. Three recordings by Smith were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame , an award established in to honor recordings that are at least 25 years old and that have "qualitative or historical significance". The U. Postal Service issued a cent commemorative postage stamp honoring Smith in Technical faults in the majority of her original gramophone recordings especially variations in recording speed, which raised or lowered the apparent pitch of her voice misrepresented the "light and shade" of her phrasing, interpretation and delivery.

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