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History Alive! with Bessie Smith

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Age Group:

Adults
Registration for this event is no longer open.
Allowed Ages: Over 18 and up

Program Description

Event Details

As the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s, Smith was the highest-paid Black performer of her day. Known as the “Empress of the Blues” by virtue of her forceful vocal delivery and command of the genre, her singing displayed a soulfully phrased, boldly delivered grasp of the blues. In addition, she was an all-around entertainer who danced, acted and performed comedy routines with her touring company. She was a staple of the “Chitlin’ Circuit” and throughout the Jim Crow South, and many of her tunes have been covered by various artists through the decades.

Portrayed by Doris Fields of Beckley.

This presentation is a History Alive! program of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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