Bessie Smith
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Dorus Sturm for transcribing and contributing many of the lyrics!
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The Blue Flame Cafe

Complied from sources on the Internet

The All Music Guide

Scott Yanow

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Label/Cat. No.



The Essential Bessie Smith

Columbia/Legacy 64922


for sale

The Collection

Columbia CK-44441


for sale

The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1

Columbia/Legacy C2K-47091


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The Complete Recordings, Vol. 2

Columbia/Legacy C2K-47471


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The Complete Recordings, Vol. 3

Columbia/Legacy C2K-47474


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The Complete Recordings, Vol. 4

Columbia/Legacy 52838


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The Complete Recordings, Vol. 5

Columbia/Legacy 57546


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Recommended reading




Bessie Smith: Empress of the Blues

Chris Albertson/Gunther Schuller

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Somebody's Angel Child : The Story of Bessie Smith

Carman Moore

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Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday

Angela Yvonne Davis

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St. Louis Blues

Bessie Smith

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Bessie Smith and Friends

Bessie Smith and others

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The Ladies Sing the Blues

Billie Holliday,Bessie Smith,others

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The Lyrics

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Table Of Content (86 songs, 75 soundclips)

* additions of Jan./Feb. 2000, ** additions of June 2000

After You've Gone
A Good Man Is Hard To Find
** Aggravatin' Papa
* Ain't Gonna Play No 2nd Fiddle
** Any Woman's Blues
* At The Christmas Ball
Baby Doll
Baby Won't You Please Come Home
* Backwater Blues (1)
Backwater Blues (2)
** Beale Street Mama
** Bleeding Hearted Blues
Blue Blues
Boweavil Blues
Cake Walking Babies From Home
** Cemetery Blues
Charlie Green, Play That Thing
Chicago Bound Blues
Devil's Gonna Git You
Dirty No-Gooder's Blues
Downhearted Blues
Down In The Dumps
** Eavesdropper's Blues
Empty Bed Blues
Foolish Man Blues
** Frosty Morning
Gimme A Pigfoot And A Bottle Of Beer
Graveyard Dream Blues
Gulf Coast Blues
Hard Time Blues

** Haunted House Blues
** I'm Going Back To My Used To Be
I Ain't Got Nobody
If You Don't, I Know Who Will
I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl
In The House Blues
It Makes My Love Come Down
I've Got What It Takes
Jailhouse Blues
Keep It To Yourself
** Keeps On A-Rainin'
** Lady Luck Blues
Long Road
Lost Your Head Blues
** Mama's Got The Blues
Mean Old Bed Bug Blues
** Midnight Blues
** Mistreating Daddy
** Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan)
My Handy Man Ain't Handy No More
My Man Blues
** My Sweetie Went Away
New Orleans Hop Scop Blues
** Nobody In Town Can Bake A Sweet Jelly Roll Like Mine
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
Oh Daddy Blues
** Outside Of That
Pickpocket Blues
** Pinchbacks - Take 'Em Away
Please Help Me Get Him Off My Mind
Poor Man's Blues
Preachin' The Blues
Put It Right Here (Or Keep It Out There)
Reckless Blues

Rocking Chair Blues
Safety Mama
** Sam Jones Blues
See If I'll Care
Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair
Shipwreck Blues
Sorrowful Blues
Squeeze Me
Standin' In The Rain Blues
St. Louis Blues
** St. Louis Gal
'T Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
Take Me For A Buggy Ride
Thinking Blues
Wasted Life Blues
Weary Blues
** Whoa, Tillie, Take Your Time
Wild About That Thing
Worried Life Blues
** Yodling Blues
Young Woman's Blues
You've Got To Give Me Some


Created by:
Bluesman Harry
Page last updated on:
June 25 2000

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