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Bessie Smith : The Complete Columbia Recordings

Among blues royalty, Bessie Smith was known as the Empress and Dinah Washington the Queen. But their titles should have been reversed, since Smith laid the groundwork not just for Washington but for dozens of blues, jazz and soul singers, from Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday through Joe Williams, Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin. (Holiday’s … Read More “Bessie Smith : The Complete Columbia Recordings”

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