Considered by many to be the greatest blues singer of all time, Bessie Smith was also a successful vaudeville entertainer who became the highest paid African-American performer of the roaring twenties. This booka revised and expanded edition of the classic biography of this extraordinary artistdebunks many of the myths that have circulated since her untimely death in 1937.Chris Albertson writes with insight and candor about the singers personal life and her career, supplementing his historical research with dozens of interviews with her relatives, friends, and associates, in particular Ruby Walker Smith, a niece by marriage who toured with Bessie for over a decade. For this new edition he includes more details of Bessies early years, new interview material, and a chapter devoted to events and responses that followed the original publication in 1971.

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