It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora Plus subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora Plus trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora Plus trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora Plus.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
 Upgrade  sign up   |   help   |  
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

Free personalized radio that
plays the music you love

Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Bessie Smith

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." Even on her first records in 1923, her passionate voice overcame the primitive recording quality of the day and still communicates easily to today's listeners (which is not true of any other singer from that early period). At a time when the blues were in and most vocalists (particularly vaudevillians) were being dubbed "blues singers," Bessie Smith simply had no competition.

Back in 1912, Bessie Smith sang in the same show as Ma Rainey, who took her under her wing and coached her. Although Rainey would achieve a measure of fame throughout her career, she was soon surpassed by her protégée. In 1920, Smith had her own show in Atlantic City and, in 1923, she moved to New York. She was soon signed by Columbia and her first recording (Alberta Hunter's "Downhearted Blues") made her famous. Bessie Smith worked and recorded steadily throughout the decade, using many top musicians as sidemen on sessions including Louis Armstrong, Joe Smith (her favorite cornetist), James P. Johnson, and Charlie Green. Her summer tent show Harlem Frolics was a big success during 1925-1927, and Mississippi Days in 1928 kept the momentum going.

However, by 1929 the blues were out of fashion and Bessie Smith's career was declining despite being at the peak of her powers (and still only 35). She appeared in St. Louis Blues that year (a low-budget movie short that contains the only footage of her), but her hit recording of "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" predicted her leaner Depression years. Although she was dropped by Columbia in 1931 and made her final recordings on a four-song session in 1933, Bessie Smith kept on working. She played the Apollo in 1935 and substituted for Billie Holiday in the show Stars Over Broadway. The chances are very good that she would have made a comeback, starting with a Carnegie Hall appearance at John Hammond's upcoming From Spirituals to Swing concert, but she was killed in a car crash in Mississippi. Columbia has reissued all of her recordings, first in five two-LP sets and more recently on five two-CD box sets that also contain her five alternate takes, the soundtrack of St. Louis Blues, and an interview with her niece Ruby Smith. "The Empress of the Blues," based on her recordings, will never have to abdicate her throne. ~ Scott Yanow
full bio

Selected Discography

x

Track List: All That Jazz, Vol. 57: Bessie Smith - A Decade of the Blues (24 Bit HD Remastering 2016)

Disc 1

1. Downhearted Blues

2. Gulf Coast Blues

3. Aggravatin' Papa

4. Beale Street Mama

5. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home?

7. Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do

8. Keeps On A-Rainin'

9. Mama's Got the Blues

10. Outside of that

11. Bleeding Hearted Blues

12. Lady Luck Blues

13. Yodling Blues

14. Midnight Blues

15. If You Don't I Know Who Will

16. Nobody In Town Can Bake A Sweet Jelly Roll Like Mine

17. Reckless Blues

18. St Louis Blues

Disc 2

1. See if I'll Care

2. Baby Have Pity on Me

3. On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual)

4. Moan, You Moaners

5. Hustlin' Dan

6. Black Mountain Blues

7. In The House Blues

8. Long old road

10. Shipwreck Blues

11. Need a Little Sugar in my Bowl

12. Safety Mama

13. Do Your Duty

14. Gimme a Pigfoot

15. Take Me for a Buggy Ride

16. I'm Down in the Dumps

x

Track List: Young Woman's Blues, El Gran Jazz Vol. 6

1. St. Louis Blues

2. Cake Walkin' Babies from Home

3. Careless Love

4. I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle

6. After You've Gone

7. Alexander's Ragtime Band

8. Trombone Cholly

9. Me and My Gin

10. Kitchen Man

11. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out

12. He's Got Me Goin'

13. Do Your Duty

14. Gimme a Pigfoot

x

Track List: Oldies But Goldies

2. A Good Man Is Hard To Find

3. Jail House Blues

4. Graveyard Dream Blues

5. Boweavil Blues

7. St Louis Blues

8. Alexander´s Ragtime Band

9. Trombone Cholly

10. Jazzbo Brown From Memphis Town

11. Dyin By The Hour

12. Black Mountain Blues

13. Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl

15. Down In The Dumps

x

Track List: The Best of Bessie Smith

1. Down Hearted Blues

2. Baby Won't You Please Come Home

3. 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do

4. Work House Blues

5. St. Louis Blues

6. You've Been a Good Old Wagon

7. Careless Love

8. Young Woman's Blues

9. Preachin' the Blues

10. Backwater Blues

11. There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight

12. Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair

13. Empty Bed Blues, Pt. 1

14. Empty Bed Blues, Pt. 2

15. Me and My Gin

16. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out

17. Black Mountain Blues

18. Long Old Road

19. Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl

20. Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer

x

Track List: The Empress Of The Blues - Original Recordings

1. A Good Man Is Hard To Find

2. Alexander's Ragtime Band

3. At The Christmas Ball

4. Back Water Blues

5. Black Mountain Blues

6. Blue Spirit Blues

7. Cake Walkin' Babies

8. Devil's Gonna Get You

9. Dirty No-Gooder's Blues

10. Down Hearted Blues

11. Empty Bed Blues

12. Foolish Man Blues

13. Gimme A Pigfoot

14. Honey Man Blues

16. I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl

17. I Used To Be Your Sweet Mama

18. I'm Wild About That Thing

19. It Makes My Love Come Down

20. It Won't Be You

21. Keep It To Yourself

22. Kitchen Man

23. Lock And Key

24. Me And My Gin

25. Moan, You Moaners

26. Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl

27. New Orleans Hop Scop Blues

28. Nobody Knows You When You Are Down And Out

29. Poor Man's Blues

30. Preaching The Blues

x

Track List: The Bessie Smith Collection 1923-33

Disc 1

1. Beale Street Mama

2. Keeps on A-Rainin (Papa He Can't Make No Time)

3. Outside of That

4. Midnight Blues

6. Whoa, Tillie, Take Your Time

7. I'm Going Back to My Used to Be

8. Mistreatin' Daddy

11. Sorrowful Blues

12. House Rent Blues

13. Weeping Willow Blues

14. Dying Gambler's Blues

15. Reckless Blues

16. Sobbin' Hearted Blues

17. Cold in Hand Blues

18. St Louis Blues

19. Cake Walkin' Babies

21. My Man Blues

22. Nobody's Blues but Mine

23. I've Been Mistreated and I Don't Like It

Disc 2

1. Jazzbo Brown from Memphis Town

2. Baby Doll

3. Honey Man Blues

4. One and Two Blues

5. Young Woman's Blues

6. Muddy Water

7. There'll Be a Hot Time in Old Town Tonight

8. Sweet Mistreater

9. Dyin' by the Hour

10. I Used to Be Your Sweet Mama

11. Put It Right Here (Or Keep It out There)

12. Standin' in the Rain Blues

13. Devil's Gonna Git You

14. Me and My Gin

16. I've Got What It Takes

17. He's Got Me Goin'

18. You Don't Understand

19. New Orleans Hop Scop Blues

20. Blue Spirit Blues

22. Shipwreck Blues

23. I'm Down in the Dumps

24. Take Me for a Buggy Ride

x

Track List: Reckless Blues

1. Careless Love Blues

2. After You've Gone

3. Follow the Deal on Down

4. In the House Blues

5. Jail House Blues

6. Do Your Duty

7. You've Been a Good Old Wagon

8. Gimme a Pigfoot

9. Lock and Key

11. Weeping Willow Blues

12. Me and My Gin

13. On Revival Day

14. Nobody Knows You When You Are Down and Out

18. My Man Blues

19. Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl

21. Kitchen Man

22. Backwater Blues

23. Cake Walkin' Babies (From Home)

24. Reckless Blues

x

Track List: The Essential

Disc 1

1. Aggravatin' Papa

2. Baby Won't You Please Come Home

3. 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do

4. Jail-House Blues

5. Graveyard Dream Blues (78rpm Version)

6. Ticket Agent, Ease Your Window Down

7. Boweavil Blues

8. Weeping Willow Blues

9. Dying Gambler's Blues

10. St. Louis Blues

11. You've Been a Good Old Wagon

12. Cake Walkin' Babies from Home

13. Careless Love Blues (take 1)

14. I Ain't Goin' to Play Second Fiddle

15. At the Christmas Ball (78rpm Version)

16. Jazzbo Brown from Memphis Town (78rpm Version)

17. Backwater Blues

18. After You've Gone

Disc 2

1. Alexander's Ragtime Band

2. There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight

3. Trombone Cholly

4. Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair

5. A Good Man Is Hard to Find

6. Dyin' by the Hour

7. Me and My Gin

8. Kitchen Man (78 rpm Version)

9. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (78rpm Version)

10. On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual)

11. Moan, You Moaners

12. Black Mountain Blues

13. Shipwreck Blues

14. Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl

15. Do Your Duty

16. Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer

17. Take Me for a Buggy Ride

18. Down in the Dumps

x

Track List: Dynamic Blues - Bessie Smith : 50 Essential Tracks

1. Me And My Gin

2. Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan)

3. St. Louis Blues

4. Jail House Blues

5. Alexander's Ragtime Band

6. Baby Won't You Please Come Home

7. Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair

8. Careless Love Blues

9. Gimme A Pigfoot (And A Bottle Of Beer)

10. Down Hearted Blues

11. Kitchen Man

12. Black Mountain Blues

13. Back Water Blues

14. Gimme A Pigfoot

15. A Good Man Is Hard To Find

16. 'Taint Nobody's Business If I Do

17. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out

18. After You've Gone

19. Dyin' By The Hour

20. I Want Every Bit Of It

21. One And Two Blues

22. Foolish Man Blues

24. Squeeze Me

25. Boweavil Blues

26. Lonesome Desert Blues

27. Them Has Been Blues

28. Chicago Bound Blues

29. Any Woman's Blues

31. Jazzbo Brown From Memphis Town

32. Preachin' The Blues

33. Work House Blues

34. There'll Be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight

35. Sinful Blues

36. House Rent Blues

37. What's The Matter Now?

38. The Bye Bye Blues

39. Lady Luck Blues

40. Woman's Trouble Blues

41. I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl

42. Baby Doll

43. Young Woman's Blues

44. I'd Rather Be Dead And Buried In My Grave

45. Lost Your Head Blues

46. On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual)

47. Love Me Daddy Blues

48. Sing Sing Prison Blues

49. Gin House Blues

50. He's Gone Blues

x

Track List: Essential Bessie Smith Vol 2

1. New Orleans Hop Scop Blues

2. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out

3. Poor Man's Blues

4. Preachin' The Blues

5. Reckless Blues

6. Sobbin' Hearted Blues

7. Squeeze Me

8. Taint Nobody's Business If I Do

9. Gin House Blues

10. Thinking Blues

11. Whoa Tillie Take Your Time

12. Work House Blues

13. Young Woman's Blues

x

Track List: The Blues Of Bessie Smith

1. Alexander's Ragtime Band

2. Careless Love Blues

3. Cake Walkin' Babies From Home

4. After You're Gone

5. Trombone Cholly

6. Me And My Gin

7. Safety Mama

8. In The House Blues

9. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out

10. Take It Right Back

11. He's Got Me Goin'

12. Kitchen Man

13. Do Your Duty

14. Gimme A Pigfoot

15. Take Me For A Buggy Ride

16. I'm Down In The Dumps

x

Track List: Bessie Smith: Queen Of The Blues Volume 1

Disc 1

1. Down Hearted Blues

2. Gulf Coast Blues

3. Aggravatin' Papa

4. Beale Street Mama

5. Baby Won't You Please Come Home

6. Oh Daddy Blues

7. `Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do

8. Keeps On Rainin'

9. Mama's Got The Blues

10. Outside Of That

11. Bleeding Hearted Blues

15. If You Don't I Know Who Will

16. Nobody In Town Can Bake A Sweet Jelly Roll Like Mine

17. Jail House Blues

19. Sam Jones Blues

20. Graveyard Dream Blues

21. Cemetery Blues

22. Far Away Blues

23. I'm Going Back To My Used To Be

Disc 2

1. Whoa Tillie Take Your Time

2. My Sweetie Went Away

3. Any Woman's Blues

4. Chicago Bound Blues

5. Mistreatin' Daddy

7. Haunted House Blues

8. Eavesdroppers Blues

9. Easy Come Easy Go Blues

10. Pinchbacks - Take `Em Away

11. Rockin' Chair Blues

12. Ticket Agent Ease Your Window Down

13. Boweavil Blues

14. Hateful Blues

15. Frankie Blues

16. Moonshine Blues

18. Mountain Top Blues

19. Work House Blues

20. House Rent Blues

Disc 3

1. Weeping Willow Blues

2. The Bye Bye Blues

3. Sing Sing Prison Blues

4. Follow The Deal On Down

5. Sinful Blues

6. Woman's Trouble Blues

7. Love Me Daddy Blues

9. St Louis Blues

10. Reckless Blues

11. Sobbin' Hearted Blues

12. Cold In Hand Blues

13. You've Been A Good Old Wagon

14. Cake Walkin' Babies From Home

17. Dixie Flyer Blues

22. He's Gone Blues

Disc 4

1. Nobody's Blues But Mine

2. I Ain't Got Nobody

3. My Man Blues

4. New Gulf Coast Blues

5. Florida Bound Blues

6. At The Christmas Ball

7. I've Been Mistreated And I Don't Like It

8. Red Mountain Blues

9. Golden Rule Blues

10. Lonesome Desert Blues

11. Squeeze Me

12. Them Has Been Blues

13. Squeeze Me

14. What's The Matter Now?

15. I Want Every Bit Of It

16. Jazzbo Brown From Memphis Town

17. Gin House Blues

18. Money Blues

19. Baby Doll

21. Lost Your Head Blues

22. Hard Time Blues

23. Honey Man Blues

x

Track List: Queen Of The Blues Volume 1 - CD D

1. Nobody's Blues But Mine

2. I Ain't Got Nobody

3. My Man Blues

4. New Gulf Coast Blues

5. Florida Bound Blues

6. At The Christmas Ball

7. I've Been Mistreated And I Don't Like It

8. Red Mountain Blues

9. Golden Rule Blues

10. Lonesome Desert Blues

11. Squeeze Me

12. Them "Has Been" Blues

13. Squeeze Me

14. What's The Matter Now

16. Jazzbo Brown From Memphis Town

17. The Gin House Blues

18. Money Blues

19. Baby Doll

21. Lost Your Head Blues

23. Honey Man Blues

x

Track List: Empty Bed Blues

Disc 1

1. Sorrowful Blues

2. Pinchbacks - Take 'Em Away

3. Rocking Chair Blues

4. Ticket Agent, Ease Your Window Down

5. Boweavil Blues

6. Hateful Blues

7. Frankie Blues

8. Moonshine Blues

10. Mountain Top Blues

11. Work House Blues

12. House Rent Blues

15. Weeping Willow Blues

16. The Bye Bye Blues

Disc 2

1. I Used To Be Your Sweet Mama

2. I'd Rather Be Dead And Buried In My Grave

3. Standin' In The Rain Blues

4. It Won't Be You

5. Spider Man Blues

6. Empty Bed Blues

7. Put It Right Here (Or Keep It Out There)

8. Yes Indeed He Do!

9. Devil's Gonna Get You

10. You Ought To Be Ashamed

11. Washwoman's Blues

12. Slow And Easy Man

13. Poor Man's Blues

15. Me And My Gin

x

Track List: The Essence Of Bessie Smith

Disc 1

1. Down Hearted Blues

2. Gimme A Pigfoot (And A Bottle Of Beer)

3. Baby Won't You Please Come Home

4. 'Taint Nobody's Business If I Do

5. Any Woman's Blues

6. Chicago Bound Blues

7. Graveyard Dream Blues

8. Jail House Blues

9. Lady Luck Blues

10. Boweavil Blues

11. The Bye Bye Blues

12. House Rent Blues

13. Sing Sing Prison Blues

14. Woman's Trouble Blues

15. Work House Blues

17. St. Louis Blues

18. Careless Love Blues

19. He's Gone Blues

20. Love Me Daddy Blues

21. Sinful Blues

22. You've Been A Good Old Wagon

Disc 2

1. Young Woman's Blues

2. Gin House Blues

4. Hard Driving Papa

5. What's The Matter Now?

6. A Good Man Is Hard To Find

7. Alexander's Ragtime Band

8. After You've Gone

9. Back Water Blues

10. Honey Man Blues

11. Lock And Key

12. Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan)

13. Preachin' The Blues

14. Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair

15. There'll Be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight

16. Dyin' By The Hour

17. Foolish Man Blues

18. I'd Rather Be Dead And Buried In My Grave

19. Kitchen Man

20. Me And My Gin

21. Black Mountain Blues

22. On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual)

23. I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl

24. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out

x

Track List: Preachin' the Blues

1. Preachin' The Blues

2. Alexander's Ragtime Band

3. After You've Gone

4. I Ain't Goin' To Play Second Fiddle

5. He's Gone Blues

6. Nobody's Blues But Mine

7. I Ain't Got Nobody

8. My Man Blues

9. New Gulf Coast Blues

10. Florida Bound Blues

11. At the Christmas Ball

12. I've Been Mistreated and I Don't Like It

14. Golden Rule Blues

15. Lonesome Desert Blues

16. Them 'Has Been' Blues

17. Squeeze Me

18. What's The Matter Now?

20. Jazzbo Brown From Memphis Town

21. The Gin House Blues

22. Money Blues

23. Baby Doll

24. Hard Driving Papa

25. Lost Your Head Blues

26. Hard Time Blues

27. Honey Man Blues

28. One and Two Blues

29. Young Woman's Blues

30. Back Water Blues

32. Careless Love Blues

x

Track List: Complete Recordings, Vol.8

1. Keep It To Yourself

2. New Orleans Hop Scop Blues

3. See If I'll Care

4. See If I'll Care

5. Baby Have Pity On Me

6. On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual)

8. Hustlin' Dan

9. Black Mountain Blues

10. In The House Blues

13. Shipwreck Blues

14. Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl

15. Safety Mama

16. Do Your Duty

17. Gimme A Pigfoot

18. Take Me For A Buggy Ride

19. I'm Down In The Dumps

x

Track List: The Complete Recordings, Volume 7

1. Slow And Easy Man

2. Poor Man's Blues

4. Me And My Gin

5. I'm Wild About That Thing

6. You've Got To Give Me Some

7. Kitchen Man

8. I've Got What It Takes (But It Breaks My Heart To Give It Away)

9. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out

11. St. Louis Blues

12. Take It Right Back ('Cause I Don't Want It Here)

13. He's Got Me Goin'

14. It Makes My Love Come Down

15. Wasted Life Blues

16. Dirty No-Gooder's Blues

17. Blue Spirit Blues

18. Worn Out Papa Blues

19. You Don't Understand

20. Don't Cry Baby

x

Track List: Complete Recordings, Vol.6 [uk-Import]

1. Sweet Mistreater

2. Lock And Key

3. Mean Old Bedbug Blues

4. A Good Man Is Hard To Find

5. Homeless Blues

6. Looking For My Man Blues

7. Dyin' By The Hour

8. Foolish Man Blues

9. Thinking Blues

10. Pickpocket Blues

11. I Used To Be Your Sweet Mama

12. I'd Rather Be Dead And Buried In My Grave

14. It Won't Be You

15. Spider Man Blues

16. Empty Bed Blues (Part 1)

17. Empty Bed Blues (Part 2)

18. Put It Right Here (Or Keep It Out There)

19. Yes Indeed He Do!

20. Devil's Gonna Git You

21. You Ought To Be Ashamed

22. Washwoman's Blues

x

Track List: The Quintessence: "The Empress" 1925-1933

Disc 1

1. Down Hearted Blues

2. Gulf Coast Blues

3. Aggravatin' Papa

5. Graveyard Dream Blues

6. Cemetery Blues

7. Any Woman's Blues

8. Boweavil Blues

9. Weeping Willow Blues

10. Reckless Blues

11. Sobbin' Hearted Blues

12. Cake Walkin' Babies From Home

13. The Yellow Dog Blues

14. Soft Pedal Blues

15. Nashville Woman's Blues

16. Careless Love Blues

18. At The Christmas Ball

Disc 2

1. Squeeze Me

2. Money Blues

3. Baby Doll

5. Back Water Blues

6. After You've Gone

8. Muddy Water

10. Trombone Cholly

11. Foolish Man Blues

12. Empty Bed Blues

13. St Louis Blues

14. Wasted Life Blues

15. On Revival Day

16. Shipwreck Blues

17. Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl

18. Take Me For A Buggy Ride

x

Track List: The Complete Recordings Vol.3

2. Mountain Top Blues

3. Work House Blues

4. House Rent Blues

x

Track List: L'art Vocal ( Vol.3)

1. Down Hearted Blues

2. Jail House Blues

4. Weeping Willow Blues

5. St. Louis Blues

6. Reckless Blues

7. Cold In Hand Blues

8. The Yellow Dog Blues

9. Nashville Woman's Blues

10. Careless Love Blues

11. Them Has Been Blues

12. Baby Doll

13. Backwater Blues

14. Alexander's Ragtime Band

15. Dyin' By The Hour

16. I Used To Be Your Sweet Mama

18. I'm Wild About That Thing

19. Worn Out Papa Blues

20. On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual)

21. Shipwreck Blues

22. Gimme A Pigfoot

x

Track List: The Complete Recordings, Vol. 5: The Final Chapter

Disc 1

1. Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl

2. Safety Mama

3. Do Your Duty

4. Gimme A Pigfoot And A Bottle Of Beer

5. Take Me For A Buggy Ride

6. I'm Down In The Dumps (78 RPM Version)

7. The Yellow Dog Blues (Alternate Take)

8. Soft Pedal Blues (Alternate Take)

9. Nashville Women's Blues

10. Careless Love Blues (Take 1)

11. Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan)

12. St. Louis Blues Soundtrack

Disc 2

1. Bessie Disappears

2. Waldorf-Astoria Party

3. Bessie & Jack, I

4. Bessie & Jack, II / Bessie & The Ladies

5. Life On The Road, I

6. Life On The Road, II

7. Life On The Road, III / Bessie & Gertrude Sanders

x

Track List: Alexander's Ragtime Band

1. Alexander's Ragtime Band

2. Trombone Cholly

3. Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair

4. Lock And Key

5. A Good Man Is Hard To Find

6. Dyin' By The Hour

7. Foolish Man Blues

8. Thinking Blues

9. Devil's Gonna Get You

10. I Used To Be Your Sweet Mama

12. I'm Wild About That Thing

13. You've Got To Give Me Some

14. Kitchen Man

15. He's Got Me Goin'

16. Blue Spirit Blues

17. Do Your Duty

18. Gimme A Pigfoot

x

Track List: The Complete Recordings Vol. 4

Disc 1

1. Standin' In The Rain Blues

2. It Won't Be You

3. Spider Man Blues

4. Empty Bed Blues (Part 1)

5. Empty Bed Blues (Part 2)

6. Put It Right Here (Or Keep It Out There)

7. Yes Indeed He Do!

8. Devil's Gonna Git You

9. You Ought To Be Ashamed

10. Washwoman's Blues

11. Slow And Easy Man

12. Poor Man's Blues

13. Please Help Me Get Him Out Of My Mind

14. Me And My Gin

15. I'm Wild About That Thing

16. You've Got To Give Me Some

17. Kitchen Man

18. I've Got What It Takes (But It Breaks My Heart To Give It Away)

19. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out

20. Take It Right Back ('Cause I Don't Want It Here)

Disc 2

1. He's Got Me Goin'

2. It Makes My Love Come Down

3. Wasted Life Blues

4. Dirty No-Gooder's Blues

5. Blue Spirit Blues

6. Worn Out Papa Blues

7. You Don't Understand

8. Don't Cry Baby

9. Keep It To Yourself

10. New Orleans Hop Scop Blues

11. See If I'll Care

12. Baby Have Pity On Me

13. On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual)

14. Moan, You Moaners

15. Hustlin' Dan

16. Black Mountain Blues

17. In The House Blues

18. Long Old Road

19. Blue Blues

20. Shipwreck

x

Track List: The Complete Recordings, Vol. 3

Disc 1

1. Red Mountain Blues

2. Golden Rule Blues

3. Lonesome Desert Blues

4. Them Has Been Blues

5. Squeeze Me

6. What's The Matter Now

7. I Want Every Bit Of It

8. Jazzbo Brown From Memphis Town (78rpm Version)

9. The Gin House Blues

10. Money Blues

11. Baby Doll

12. Hard Driving Papa

13. Lost Your Head Blues

14. Hard Time Blues

15. Honey Man Blues

16. One And Two Blues

17. Young Woman's Blues

18. Preachin' The Blues

19. Backwater Blues

20. After You've Gone

21. Alexander's Ragtime Band

Disc 2

1. Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan)

2. There'll Be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight

3. Trombone Cholly

4. Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair

5. Them's Graveyard Words

6. Hot Springs Blues

7. Sweet Mistreater

8. Lock And Key

9. Mean Old Bedbug Blues

10. A Good Man Is Hard To Find

11. Homeless Blues

12. Looking For My Man Blues

13. Dyin' By The Hour

14. Foolish Man Blues

15. Thinking Blues

16. Pickpocket Blues

17. I Used To Be Your Sweet Mama

x

Track List: The Complete Recordings Vol. 2

Disc 1

1. Frankie Blues

2. Moonshine Blues

3. Lousiana Low Down Blues

4. Mountain Top Blues

5. Work House Blues

6. House Rent Blues

7. Salt Water Blues

8. Rainy Weather Blues

9. Weeping Willow Blues

10. THe Bye Bye Blues

11. Sing Sing Prison Blues

12. Follow The Deal On Down

13. Sinful Blues

14. Woman's Trouble Blues

15. Love Me Daddy Blues

16. Dying Gambler's Blues

17. St. Louis Blues

18. Reckless Blues

19. Sobbin' Hearted Blues

Disc 2

1. Cold In Hand Blues

2. You've Been A Good Old Wagon

3. Cake Walkin' Babies From Home

4. The Yellow Dog Blues

5. Soft Pedal Blues

6. Dixie Flyer Blues

7. Nashville Woman's Blues

8. Careless Love

9. J.C. Holmes Blues

10. I Ain't Gonna Play Second Fiddle

11. He's Gone Blues

12. Nobody's Blues But Mine

13. I Ain't Got Nobody

14. My Man Blues

15. New Gulf Coast Blues

16. Florida Bound Blues

17. At The Christmas Ball (78rpm Version)

18. I've Been Mistreated And I Don't Like It

x

Track List: The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1

Disc 1

1. Down Hearted Blues

2. Gulf Coast Blues

3. Aggravatin' Papa

4. Beale Street Mama

5. Baby Won't You Please Come Home

6. Oh Daddy Blues (You Won't Have No Mama At All)

7. 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do

8. Keeps On A-Rainin' (Papa He Can't Make No Time)

9. Mama's Got The Blues

10. Outside Of That

11. Bleeding Hearted Blues

12. Lady Luck Blues

13. Yodling Blues

14. Midnight Blues

15. If You Don't I Know Who Will

16. Nobody In Town Can Bake A Sweet Jelly Roll Like Mine

17. Jail House Blues

18. St. Louis Gal

19. Sam Jones Blues

Disc 2

1. Graveyard Dream Blues (78rpm Version)

2. Cemetery Blues

3. Far Away Blues

4. I'm Going Back To My Used To Be

5. Whoa Tillie Take Your Time

6. My Sweetie Went Away

7. Any Woman's Blues

8. Chicago Bound Blues

9. Mistreatin' Daddy

10. Frosty Morning Blues

11. Haunted House Blues

12. Eavesdropper's Blues

13. Easy Come, Easy Go Blues

14. Sorrowful Blues

15. Pinch Back Blues

16. Rockin' Chair Blues

17. Ticket Agent, Ease Your Window Down

18. Boweavil Blues

19. Hateful Blues

x

Track List: Collection

1. Downhearted Blues

2. 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do

3. My Sweetie Went Away (She Didn't Say Where, Wheb Or Why)

4. Weepin' Willow Blues

5. St. Louis Blues

6. Reckless Blues

7. You've Been A Good Ole Wagon

8. I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle

9. Young Woman's Blues

10. Muddy Water ( A Mississippi Moan)

11. Mean Old BedBug Blues

12. Empty Bed Blues (Parts 1 & 2)

13. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out

14. Black Mountain Blues

15. Do Your Duty

16. Gimme A Pigfoot

x

Track List: Any Woman's Blues

Disc 1

1. Jail House Blues

3. Sam Jones Blues

4. Graveyard Dream Blues

5. Cemetery Blues

6. Far Away Blues

7. I'm Going Back To My Used To Be

8. Whoa, Tillie, Take Your Time

9. My Sweetie Went Away

10. Any Woman's Blues

11. Chicago Bound Blues

12. Mistreating Daddy

13. Frosty Morning Blues

14. Haunted House Blues

15. Eavesdropper's Blues

16. Easy Come, Easy Go Blues

Disc 2

1. I'm Wild About That Thing

2. You've Got To Give Me Some

3. Kitchen Man

4. I've Got What It Takes

5. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out

6. Take It Right Back

7. He's Got Me Goin'

8. It Makes My Love Come Down

9. Wasted Life Blues

10. Dirty No-Gooder's Blues

11. Blue Spirit Blues

12. Worn Out Papa Blues

13. You Don't Understand

16. New Orleans Hop Scop Blues

Comments

Report as inappropriate
beverlyplumi s l a n d
The eternal empress! I love her!
Report as inappropriate
Bessie and billie the best to ever do it
Report as inappropriate
SHE MADE HISTORY!!!!! ! ! JAZZ IS GREAT
Report as inappropriate
Priceless.
Report as inappropriate
Here voice is amazing, really stopped me in the middle of work to checkout who was singing.
Report as inappropriate
the foundation
Report as inappropriate
HA LOVE THE ENTERTAINER THE OLDIES BUT GOODIES LOVE
Report as inappropriate
Love this lady, what a soul.
Report as inappropriate
love bessie smith
Report as inappropriate
caseymarre4
α ρяι¢єℓєѕѕ мσмєит иσт ѕσ ℓσѕт ιи тнιѕ αи∂ тнαт тιмє αи∂ тιмєѕ тσ ¢σмє, ву ѕσυℓfυℓ вєιиgѕ σf иσтнιиg σтнєя тнαи..... мσяє тнαи мєєтѕ тнє єує.... ιтѕ αℓℓ ѕσυℓ.. уσυ gσттα яєα¢נн αи∂ σи¢є υ яєα¢н ιт,. уσυ уєяи ¢яανє αи∂ ємвяα¢є..... . уσυяѕ... уσυя α gяєαтfυℓ ∂єνσтє∂ ѕℓανє тσ уσυя ѕσυℓ. уσυ gσт тα fєє∂ ιт. тσ тняινє ιѕ тσ ∂ωєℓℓ ιи уσυя ѕσυℓ.. тσ ℓινє ιѕ тσ ℓєт συя ѕσυℓ ℓєα∂ υѕ. тнιѕ נιиgℓєℓ тнαт ωнαℓιиg нєя∂ fєє∂ѕ тнє иєє∂ѕ σf αℓℓ ѕσυℓfυℓ вєιиgѕ.
Report as inappropriate
u can still feel her spirit
Report as inappropriate
You can almost feel the history..
Report as inappropriate
Speaks to my old soul...
Report as inappropriate
Who is Betty Smith?
Report as inappropriate
I love Betty Smith music Billie Holiday a good music I love it I love it forever
Report as inappropriate
The First Lady of the Blues..
Report as inappropriate
mathiastck
https://www. y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = r y 9 P e U 5 e n w U Bessie: Tease (HBO Films) HBO Films presents Bessie, focusing on legendary blues singer Bessie Smith, Saturday, May 16 at 8PM
Report as inappropriate
I am a big fan of Billie Holiday. Billie H loved Bessie Smith. Love Bessie's voice too.
Report as inappropriate
Im speechless her voice is AMAZING
Report as inappropriate
Nothing like it.....smoot h , sexy, the best.
Report as inappropriate
poppa_bear49
Ms. Smith...pure SOUL!!
Report as inappropriate
jamesmoses46
do your duty!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
Report as inappropriate
She is the First, and the Best , and Way ahead of the Times!
Report as inappropriate
Soul. That's it.
Report as inappropriate
Billie said that she tried for the sound of Bessie and the feeling of Louis. Great choices!
Report as inappropriate
I love the nostalgic sounds of her genre. I grew up with the 80s and 90s music. I hear these kinds of music on TV and certain movies and always wonder who the artist is. I'm glad I could listen these songs in this station.
Report as inappropriate
beachgirls19 6 2 1
sooooooooooo good
Report as inappropriate
darkhope87
send me to the lectric chair
Report as inappropriate
Bessie Smith has inspired so many vocalists over the year, and if you listen these recording you csn see why. Thanks Bessie.
Report as inappropriate
This is the way it was meant to be.
Report as inappropriate
ladyspineret t e _
I agree benomarr it's pretty awesome to hear it how you would have then, definitely takes you to another time.
Report as inappropriate
benomarr
I like the old style recordingsof Bessie Smith--it takesme into another age that I love andmissed. I dontneed better sound technology-- i t s real and great the way I hear the recordings. Roger
Report as inappropriate
Bessie Smith is my idol's idol ; Billie Holiday loved her. I could see why. Bessie Smith had a very powerful voice. I would compare it to cannon-fire, but with allot of feeling, allot of soul, and that's what it is all about. I only wish Bessie Smith's recordings sounded better - recording wise, as the technology back then was primative. But we do have the recordings and that is what counts.

Don't have a Pandora account? Sign up

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[103, 112, 112, 93, 96, 101, 66, 91, 100, 123, 66, 78, 78, 96, 89, 125, 104, 103, 65, 114, 96, 111, 122, 115, 91, 97, 100, 84, 79, 90, 66, 78, 125, 97, 70, 74, 119, 106, 81, 94, 100, 96, 122, 77, 85, 79, 112, 107, 71, 104, 123, 118, 75, 113, 122, 67, 116, 106, 85, 118, 79, 125, 108, 89, 92, 84, 118, 112, 119, 91, 70, 71, 105, 71, 74, 79, 91, 117, 67, 94, 104, 106, 106, 101, 93, 73, 126, 97, 78, 117, 82, 90, 75, 123, 77, 87, 96, 108, 87, 79, 123, 101, 111, 87, 117, 104, 126, 103, 105, 90, 82, 79, 85, 68, 93, 88, 112, 122, 64, 103, 110, 126, 107, 81, 123, 100, 74, 112, 78, 65, 123, 99, 75, 94, 92, 118, 85, 127, 80, 97, 108, 73, 97, 101, 72, 100, 108, 123, 64, 122, 86, 92, 93, 98, 105, 100, 123, 109, 95, 82, 103, 82, 104, 125, 65, 125, 116, 73, 103, 120, 117, 121, 103, 83, 121, 99, 91, 90, 86, 85, 100, 119, 119, 64, 108, 111, 118, 92, 105, 67, 73, 119, 93, 112, 66, 127, 74, 123, 83, 123, 119, 96, 66, 126, 88, 67, 90, 71, 110, 117, 98, 75, 123, 96, 95, 91, 73, 66, 112, 82, 76, 92, 101, 109, 83, 81, 71, 109, 94, 124, 82, 88, 67, 71, 88, 81, 82, 88, 127, 73, 98, 78, 103, 127, 85, 115, 99, 108, 91, 109, 74, 96, 109, 106, 65, 76, 118, 97, 73, 96, 73, 94, 87, 88, 77, 102, 97, 86, 126, 116, 80, 73, 64, 106, 85, 103, 76, 81, 100, 87, 114, 112, 92, 88, 127, 77, 92, 110, 100, 124, 117, 76, 118, 78, 82, 122, 82, 120, 88, 118, 77, 86, 106, 97, 127, 81, 105, 72, 93, 95, 120, 113, 114, 110, 120, 94, 123, 94, 87, 85, 106, 100, 87, 117, 71, 126, 126, 74, 85, 82, 96, 93, 98, 69, 84, 99, 109, 110, 97, 99, 114, 95, 116, 81, 92, 121, 124, 72, 126, 126, 93, 88, 82, 93, 104, 103, 106, 108, 78, 65, 77, 110, 99, 66, 93, 69, 74, 120, 124, 106, 89, 78, 102, 100, 98, 66, 82, 94, 95, 99, 105, 127, 111, 114, 73, 69, 94, 98, 67, 71, 101, 80, 100, 126, 74, 104, 99, 127, 114, 114, 121, 82, 106, 117, 124, 114, 94, 107, 119, 73, 121, 118, 125, 76, 119, 101, 83, 89, 75, 78, 80, 91, 115, 119, 94, 102, 115, 124, 71, 117, 107, 126, 86, 122, 114, 73, 88, 64, 96, 100, 68, 97, 85, 114, 119, 117, 112, 122, 86, 115, 109, 96, 96, 100, 94, 86, 80, 67, 67, 83, 115, 97, 70, 64, 107, 100, 95, 95, 95, 107, 108, 71, 67, 126, 103, 98, 111, 109, 94, 78, 118, 111, 94, 68, 70, 110, 88, 68, 121, 95, 117, 83, 112, 107, 84, 89, 72, 99, 94, 118, 95, 121, 109, 89, 122, 96, 95, 123, 109, 117, 88, 73]