Essays Tagged: "Bessie Smith"

Harlem Renaissance

ments. Once slavery was abolished it opened a pathway for many talented blacks. Female singers like Bessie Smith, Billie Holliday, and Marion Anderson emerged on the Music scene, with great talent, an ... Mainly women, these great singers paved the road for each other, and many other great jazz singers. Bessie Smith was born into a poor black family. She began to sing in childhood and practiced her tal ...

(4 pages) 214 0 4.4 Nov/1996

Subjects: Law & Government Essays > Civil Rights > Black Awareness & Racism

Rock n roll - the history of

t in American life. Many of the early blues singers got their start from early radio. Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith were among the first. Bessie Smith had a revolutionary voice, her songs were filled wit ... t in American life. Many of the early blues singers got their start from early radio. Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith were among the first. Bessie Smith had a revolutionary voice, her songs were filled wit ...

(20 pages) 182 0 4.2 Nov/2002

Subjects: Art Essays > Music History & Studies

This essay is about the life of Bessie Smith.

Bessie Smith, the greatest and most influential classic blues singer of the 1920s was born in Chatta ... and 1900. The first major blues and jazz singer on record and one of the most powerful of all time, Bessie Smith rightly earned the title of "The Empress of the Blues." Her full-bodied blues delivery ... he blues were in and most vocalists (particularly vaudevillians) were being dubbed "blues singers," Bessie Smith simply had no competition. (Yanow)Before she had reached womanhood, both her mother and ...

(5 pages) 84 1 5.0 Oct/2003

Subjects: Art Essays > Music History & Studies > Performers & Composers

A Brief History of the Blues.

ome of the first blues songs heard by whites were sung by 'lady' blues singers like Mamie Smith and Bessie Smith) and not many black women were to be found singing the blues in the juke-joints. The So ... ated. During the twenties, the blues became a national craze. Records by leading blues singers like Bessie Smith and later, in the thirties, Billie Holiday, sold in the millions. The twenties also saw ...

(10 pages) 121 0 5.0 Oct/2003

Subjects: Art Essays

BESSIE SMITH

Bessie SmithKnown as the "Empress Of Blues", Bessie Smith was said to have revolutionized the vocal ... ependent African-American woman. Her style in performance and lyrics often reflected her lifestyle. Bessie Smith was one of the first female jazz artists, and she paved the way for many musicians who ... fe Laura. The family was large and poor. Soon after she was born her father died. Laura lived until Bessie was only nine years old. The remaining children had to learn to take care of themselves. Her ...

(4 pages) 41 0 3.7 Apr/2004

Subjects: History Term Papers > African Studies - History

The life of Bessie Smith, the blues singer.

When it comes to influential people in the 1920's, Bessie Smith not only takes a slice of the cake, but her face is plastered into the frosting. She ha ... in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She lived with her poor black family, and before the tender age of ten, Bessie began singing on street corners for pennies. She did this until a local club operator heard B ... ator heard Bessie's abilities; offered her $8.00 a week to sing at his tavern, beginning her career.Bessie Smith had characteristics that were different from women in her time period. She always wante ...

(2 pages) 17 0 0.0 Feb/2006

Subjects: Art Essays > Music History & Studies > Performers & Composers

African American Women and Music

ch of these genres of music, this report will identify three African American female music legends, Bessie Smith, Emma Barrett, and Mahalia Jackson.Blues emerged in the period between the end of the c ... rner halls, publishing, and recording.One of the greatest African American female blues singers was Bessie Smith. She was born on April 15, 1894 or 1898. The exact date is unknown. Her father William ...

(7 pages) 74 0 3.0 Apr/2006

Subjects: Art Essays > Music History & Studies > Performers & Composers

Why People Act

reader's attention. He next received his inspiration from a recent death of the famous jazz singer, Bessie Smith, in a car accident and put it into words in 1960; it was entitled Bessie Smith. In the ...

(2 pages) 400 0 0.0 Sep/2001

Subjects: Businesss Research Papers

Women in Jazz - History

m were Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.Some of the famous women in the American Jazz history are:Bessie smith: "The Empress of the Blues" (1894-1937)The first major blues and jazz singer on record ... 1894-1937)The first major blues and jazz singer on record and one of the most powerful of all time, Bessie Smith rightly earned the title of "The Empress of the Blues". Bessie's first records were mad ...

(10 pages) 62 0 5.0 Jan/2008

Subjects: Art Essays > Music History & Studies

Music History and Influences on Society

ica. They also use instruments like trumpets and saxophones. Some of the musicians were Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and W.C. Handy. Bebop started in the 1940s through the 1950s. It introduced Big bands. ...

(3 pages) 42 0 3.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Art Essays > Music History & Studies

Blues, Jazz and the early Civil Rights Movement

an male-dominated realm, it failed to dissuade women or those of African descent from contributing. Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey were iconic in the sense that they sang about relatively controversial to ...

(2 pages) 3840 0 0.0 Oct/2009

Subjects: Art Essays > Music History & Studies