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Queen Of The Blues Volume 1

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Queen Of The Blues Volume 1
Queen Of The Blues Volume 1


Bessie Smith was not the first to record a blues - indeed her early performing career was not even as a blues singer - yet she stands astride the genre like a colossus. As well as her fame as an entertainer, she was a formidable human being. She simply refused to recognise opposition - incredibly, one night in 1927, she faced down the feared Ku Klux Klan. She was born poor in 1894, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Both parents died while Bessie was still young and she was raised by her older sister, Viola. To augment Viola's meagre earnings as a laundress, Bessie and her older brother Clarence took to the streets as entertainers. In time, she obtained regular work as a dancer and chorus girl. By 1921, even before she started recording, Bessie was a star - and when she did start recording in February 1923 her first release (the opening two tracks of this set) sold 750,000 copies. From then on she recorded prolifically: the 90 tracks here, on which she is accompanied by the likes of Clarence Williams, Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman, Fred Longshaw and Louis Armstrong, stem from just three hectic years of popping in and out of the studio while constantly touring. Halfway through 1926, Bessie took a rest. A fitting break between this volume and the next.


  1. Name
  2. Downhearted Blues
  3. Gulf Coast Blues
  4. Aggravatin' Papa
  5. Beale Street Mama
  6. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
  7. Oh Daddy Blues
  8. 'Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do
  9. Keeps On Rainin'
  10. Mama's Got The Blues
  11. Outside Of That
  12. Bleeding Hearted Blues
  13. Lady Luck Blues: 3
  14. Yodelin' Blues: 3
  15. Midnight Blues: 3
  16. If You Don't I Know Who Will
  17. Nobody In Town Can Bake A Sweet Jelly Roll Like Mine
  18. Jail House Blues
  19. St Louis Gal: 3
  20. Sam Jones Blues
  21. Graveyard Dream Blues
  22. Cemetary Blues
  23. Far Away Blues
  24. I'm Going Back To My Used To Be
  25. Whoa Tillie Take Your Time
  26. My Sweetie Went Away
  27. Any Woman's Blues
  28. Chicago Bound Blues
  29. Mistreatin' Daddy
  30. Frosty Mornin' Blues: 4
  31. Haunted House Blues
  32. Eavesdroppers Blues
  33. Easy Come Easy Go Blues
  34. Pinchbacks-Take 'Em Away
  35. Rockin' Chair Blues
  36. Ticket Agent Ease Your Window Down
  37. Bo Weavil Blues
  38. Hateful Blues
  39. Frankie Blues
  40. Moonshine Blues
  41. Louisiana Low Down Blues
  42. Mountain Top Blues
  43. Work House Blues
  44. House Rent Blues
  45. Salt Water Blues
  46. Rainy Weather Blues
  47. Weeping Willow Blues
  48. The Bye Bye Blues
  49. Sing Sing Prison Blues
  50. Follow The Deal On Down
  51. Sinful Blues
  52. Woman's Trouble Blues
  53. Love Me Daddy Blues
  54. Dyin' Gambler Blues
  55. The St Louis Blues
  56. Reckless Blues
  57. Sobbin' Hearted Blues
  58. Cold In Hand Blues
  59. You've Been A Good Old Wagon
  60. Cake Walkin' Babies From Home
  61. The Yellow Dog Blues: 1
  62. Soft Pedal: 1
  63. Dixie Flyer Blues
  64. Nashville Women's Blues: 2
  65. Careless Love: 1
  66. J. C. Holmes Blues
  67. I Ain't Going To Play Second Fiddle
  68. He's Gone Blues
  69. Nobody's Blues But Mine
  70. I Ain't Got Nobody
  71. My Man Blues
  72. New Gulf Coast Blues
  73. Florida Bound Blues
  74. At The Christmas Ball
  75. I've Been Mistreated And I Don't Like It
  76. Red Mountain Blues
  77. Golden Rule Blues
  78. Lonesome Desert Blues
  79. Squeeze Me
  80. Them Has Been Blues
  81. Squeeze Me
  82. What's The Matter Now?
  83. I Want Every Bit
  84. Jazzbo Brown From Memphis Town
  85. The Gin House Blues
  86. Money Blues
  87. Baby Doll
  88. Hard Drivin' Papa
  89. Lost Your Head Blues
  90. Hard Times Blues
  91. Honey Man Blues
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