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Date of Birth 15 April 1894Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Date of Death 26 September 1937Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA  (auto accident)
Birth NameElizabeth Smith
Nickname Empress of the Blues
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bessie Smith was born on April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA as Elizabeth Smith. She was married to Jack Gee. She died on September 26, 1937 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA.

Spouse (1)

Jack Gee (7 June 1923 - 1929) (divorced)

Trivia (6)

Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 (under the category Early Influences).
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1981.
Blues singer.
Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1984.
Ranked #26 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
According to 1900 census, she was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States in July, 1892. That date stands in contrast to April 15, 1894, which is the date indicated on her wedding certificate and confirmed by family members.

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