Bessie Smith – The Empress of the Blues
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Bessie Smith was an American blues singer who was nicknamed The Queen Of Blues and later upgraded to Empress.
Smith is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era (the 20s and 30s) and along with Louis Armstrong, a major influence on subsequent jazz vocalists.
Over the past twenty-five years, Bessie Smith has been inducted into several Hall Of Fames including Rock And Roll, Big Band And Jazz, Blues, Grammy Lifetime Achievement and the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.