Bessie Smith
Updated: 1/27/2020
Bessie Smith
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  • This is Bessie Smith. She was a famous singer an the Harlem Renaissance. She also was also very important like Louis Armstrong. And this is the story about her life.
  • All of Bessie's family lived together in Tennessee but soon her father died after her birth in 1894. Everything was going well til Bessie's mother and 2 brothers died so she was forced to live with her aunt.
  • At the age of 18 Bessie was introduced to a Blues Teacher. That Blues teacher took Bessie under her wing and over the next decade that Blues teacher Ma Rainey coached her.
  • Later Bessie married Jack Gee and adopted a son Jack Gee Jr but soon Bessie and Jack Sr. relationship became terrible.
  • Bessie's songs became a hit in the 1920's, she signed with Columbia Records. She even made hit records with Louis Armstrong.
  • In 1937 Bessie and her lover Richard Morgan died in a car crash.
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