Bessie Smith 1936

Bessie Smith, February 3rd 1936. Photograph by Carl Van Vechten (source: Wikimedia Commons)


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Bessie Smith

Other Names: Empress of the Blues

Member of: Smith & Burton

* April 15, 1894 Chattanooga, Tennessee
when her father and mother were dead she and her brother Andrew began busking on the streets of Chatttanooga (Bessie singing and dancing, Andrew accompanying on guitar)
1912 - began her professional career by singing in the same show as Ma Rainey, Moses Stokes Show, Ivory Theater, Chattanooga TN. As chorus girl in Irvin C Miller's tent show through South
1913 - 81 Theater, Atlanta GA
1914 - with Buzzin' Burton as "Smith & Burton" working as singer and dancer in Park's Big Revue at Dixie Theater, Atlanta GA
1915 - toured with Ma Rainey in Fat Chappelle's Rabbit Foot Minstrels tent show through South
1917 - toured with Pete Werley Florida Cotton Blossoms Minstrel Show; Silas Green MInstrel Show... through South; worked at Paradise Cafe, Atlantic City NY
1918 - teamed with Hazel Green at Douglas Gilmore Theater, Baltimore MD
1918/19 - in own Liberty Belles Revue at 91 Theater, Atlanta GA
early 20's - frequently worked with Charles Johnson Band at Paradise Gardens, Atlantic City NY - at Horan's Madhouse Club, Philadlephia PA - frequently toured with Milton Starr's Negro vaudeville circuit working theaters - frequently worked with her own band at Standard Theater, Philadelphia PA - with Sidney Bechet in musical comedy "How Come" and in musical revue "Tunes and Topics" at Dunbar Theater, Philadelphia PA
1921 - poss. rec test for Black Swan / Emerson, New York City
1923 - poss. rec test for OKeh, New York City - recorded in Feb., April, June, Sept., Oct., Dec., New York City - worked at New Star Casino, New York City; Lyric Theater, New Orleans LA; Douglass Theater, Baltimore MD
1923-25 - worked at 81 Theater, Atlanta GA - at Frolic Theater, Birmingham AL - at Bijou Theater, Nashville TN - at Beale Street Palace, Memphis TN
1923-29 - worked at Koppin Theater, Detroit MI - Globe Theater, Cleveland OH
1924 - recordings in Jan., April, July, Aug., Sept., Dec., New York City; worked at Orpheum Theater, Nashville TN - at Avenue Theater, Chicago IL - at Franklin Theater, Birmingham AL - at Lincol Theater, Pittsburgh PA - Star Theater, Philadelphia PA - at The Nest Club NYC - at Howard Theater, Washington DC - appeared on WCAE-radio, Pittsburgh PA
1924-27 - frequently worked as headliner at Lafayette Theater, NYC - Grand Theater, Chicago IL
1924-29 - worked at Roosevelt Theater, Cinncinnati OH
1925 - recorded in Jan., March, May, June, Aug., Sept., Nov. Dec., New York City - worked at Liberty Theater, Chattanooga TN, frequently toured with own Harlem Frolics show throug South - at Orpheum Theater, Newark NJ - Paradise Gardens, Chicago IL
1925-26 - worked at Frolic Theater, Bessemer AL
1926 - New York City - recorded in March, May, Oct.
1927 - recorded in Jan., Feb., March, April, Sept., Oct., New York City - worked at Booker T Washington, St. Louis MO - at Pythian Theater, Columbus OH - at Lincoln Theater, Kansas City MO - at Alhambra Theater NYC
1927-29 - worked frequently in own "Yellow Girl Revue" at Lincoln Theater, NYC
1928 - recorded in Feb., March, Aug., New York City - appeared in musical comedy "Mississippi Days" at Lafayette Theater NYC, then toured with TOBA circuit on East Coast - worked at Belmont Theater NYC
1928-29 - toured with own "Steamboat Days" Revue through the South
1929 - recorded in May, July, Aug., Oct., NYC - worked at Wallce Theater, Indianapolis IN - appeared in "Harlem Frolics" Revue at Lincoln Theater NYC - in show "Pansy" at Belmont Theater NYC - in musical comedy "Late Hour Dancers" and "The Jazz Regiment" at Lafayette Theater NYC - toured with Lonnie Johnson in "Midnight Steppers" Revue through the South - shootings in Astoria, Queens for the film St. Louis Blues (RCA Phototone 2-reel film), watch on YouTube - late June, recorded soundtrack St. Louis Blues, NYC (Astoria)
1930 - recorded in March, April, June, July, New York City - toured in "Moanin' Low" Revue on TOBA circuit - worked at Pearl Theater, Philadelphia PA, at Apollo Theater NYC - appeared in "Bessie Smith Revue" at Alhambra Theater NYC - appeared in "Happy Times" Revue at Standard Theater, Philadelphia PA - Lincoln Theater, New Orleans - at Central Theater, Dallas TX - at Kit Kat Club - toured in "Broadway Revue"
1931 - recorded in June, Nov., New York City - appeared in "Gossiping Liza" Revue at Standard Theater, Philadlephia PA - at Forrest Theater, Philadelphia PA
1932 - appeared in "Hot Stuff Of 1933" Revue at Lincoln Theater, Philadelphia PA - Grand Theater, Chicago IL
c1933 - appeared with Miff Mole in unknown jazz series - NBC-radio Network
1933 - recorded in Nov., New York City - worked at Roosevelt Theater, Pittsburgh PA - at Lafayette Theater NYC - appeared in "Christmas Revels" Revue at Harlem Opera House NYC
1934 - appeared with Ida Cox in "Fan Waves" Revue at Apollo Theater NYC - toured in "Hot From Harlem" Revue through South
1935 - at Lincoln Theater, Philadelphia PA - appeared in "Blackbirds" Revue at Cotton Club NYC
1936 - appeared in "Stars Over Broadway" Revue at Connie's Inn NYC - worked at Famous Door NYC - at Savoy Ballroom NYC - appeared in "League Of Rhythm" Revue at Apollo Theater - worked at Art's Cafe, Philadelphia PA
1937 - worked at Wander Inn, Philadelphia PA - toured with "Broadway Rastus" Revue through South - auto accident at Coahoma MS
Sept. 26, 1937 Clarksdale, Mississippi
buried at Mt Lawn Cemetery, Sharon Hill, Delaware, Pennsylvania PA

Influences: Cora Fisher, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Ma Rainey

Influenced: Tampa Red, Mildred Bailey, Jean Kittrell, Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson, Odetta, Janis Joplin, Victoria Spivey, Big Mama Thornton, Dinah Washington, Mama Yancey

Sources:
Wikipedia
Blues Who's Who
Dixon, Robert M.W.: Blues & Gospel Records 1890-1943

TOP

Songs (with date of recording):

(1 - A Good Man Is Hard To Find. 2 - After Youve Gone. 3 - Alexanders Rag Time Band. 4 - Dyin By The Hour. 5 - Foolish Man Blues. 6 - Homeless Blues. 7 - Hot Spring Blues. 8 - I Used To Be Your Sweet Mama. 9 - Id Rather Be Dead And Buried. 10 - I'm Wild About That Thing. 11 - Lock And Key. 12 - Looking For My Man Blues. 13 - Mean Old Bed Bug Blues. 14 - Muddy Water (Mississippi Moan)-1. 15 - Pickpocket Blues. 16 - Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair. 17 - Sweet Mistreater. 18 - Them Graveyard Words. 19 - Therell Be A Hot Time IN The Old Town Tonight. 20 - Thinking Blues. 21 - Trombone Cholly)

After You've Gone (Henry Creamer; J. Turner Layton)
1927.03.02 -- NYC - 143567-2 Columbia 14197-D - Bessie Smith (v) and her Band (Buster Bailey (cl), Charlie Dixon (bj), Jimmy Harrison (tb), Fletcher Henderson (p), Joe Smith (c))
Aggravatin' Papa
(Roy Turk; J. Russell Robinson)
1923.04.11 -- NYC - 80949-3 Columbia A3877 - Bessie Smith and Her Down Home Trio (prob. Ernest Elliot (cl), Clarence Williams (p), Buddy Christian (bj))
Alexander's Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin)
1927.03.02 -- NYC - 142568-1 Columbia 142119-D - Bessie Smith (v) and Her Blues Boys (Joe Smith (c), Jimmy Harrison (tb), Coleman Hawkins (cl), Charlie Dixon (bj), Fletcher Henderson (p))
Any Woman's Blues
(Lovie Austin)
1923.10.16 -- NYC - 81283-2 Columbia unissed. 81283-3 Columbia 13001-D - Bessie Smith (v), Fletcher Henderson (p), Coleman Hawkins (ts)
At the Christmas Ball (Fred Longshaw)
1925.11.18 -- NYC - 141283-1 Columbia 35842 - Bessie Smith (v), Joe Smith (c), Charlie Green (tb), Fletcher Henderson (p)
1925.12.09 -- NYC - 141369-3 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Shelton Hemphill (c), Fred Longshaw (p)

Baby Doll (Bessie Smith; H.Webman)
1926.05.04 -- NYC - 142147-2 Columbia 14147-D - Bessie Smith (v), Joe Smith (c), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Baby Have Pity On Me
(Clarence Williams; Billy Moll)
1930.04.12 -- NYC - 150459-3 Columbia 37576 - Bessie Smith (v), Charlie Green (tb), Clarence Williams (p)
Baby Won't You Please Come Home (Clarence Williams; Charles Warfield)
1923.04.11 -- NYC - 80952-3 Columbia A3888 - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)
Back-Water Blues
(Bessie Smith)
1927.02.17 -- NYC - 143491-1 Columbia 14195-D - Bessie Smith (v), James P. Johnson (p)
Banjo Blues
1924.04.23 -- NYC - 81720-3 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), John Mitchell (bj)
Beale Street Mama (Roy Turk; J. Russell Robinson)
1923.04.11 -- NYC - 80950-2 Columbia A3877 - Bessie Smith and Her Down Home Trio (prob. Ernest Elliot (cl), Clarence Williams (p), Buddy Christian (bj))
Black Mountain Blues
(J.C. Johnson)
1930.07.22 -- NYC - 150658-2 Columbia 14554-D - Bessie Smith (v), Ed Allen (c), Steve Stevens (p)
Bleeding Hearted Blues (Lovie Austin)
1923.06.14 -- NYC - 81075-3 Columbia A3936 - Bessie Smith (v), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Blue Bessie (The Blue-est Gal in Tennessee)
1923.09.26 -- NYC - 81238-3 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Jimmy Jones (p)
1924.01.09 -- NYC - 81465-4 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Jimmy Jones (p), Harry Reser (g)
Blue Blue (Bessie Smith)
1931.06.11 -- NYC - 151596-1 Columbia 14611-D - Bessie Smith (v), Louis Metcalf (c), Charlie Green (tb), Clarence Williams (p), Floyd Casey (d)
Blue Spirit Blues (Spencer Williams)
1929.10.11 -- NYC - 149134-3 Columbia 14527-D - Bessie Smith (v), James P. Johnson (p)
Boweavil Blues (Ma Rainey)
1924.04.07 -- NYC - 81671-3 Columbia 14018-D - Bessie Smith (v), Irving Johns (p)
The Bye Bye Blues
(Paul Carter)
1924.09.26 -- NYC - 140063-3 Columbia 14042-D - Bessie Smith (v), Joe Smith (c), Charlie Green (tb), Fletcher Henderson (p)

Cake Walking Babies (From Home) (Clarence Williams; Chris Smith; Henry Troy)
1925.05.05 -- NYC - 140585-2 Columbia 35673 - Bessie Smith (v), Henderson's Hot Six (Buster Bailey (cl), Charlie Dixon (bj), Charlie Green (tb), Fletcher Henderson (p), Joe Smith (c), Coleman Hawkins (ts))
Careless Love Blues
(W.C. Handy)
1925.05.15 -- NYC - 140604-3 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Buster Bailey (cl), Charlie Green (tb), Fred Longshaw (p)
1925.05.26 -- NYC - 140626-1,-2 Columbia 14083-D - Bessie Smith (v), Louis Armstrong (c), Charlie Green (tb), Fred Longshaw (p)
Cemetery Blues (Sid Laney; S. Williams)
1923.09.26 -- NYC - 81241-2,-3 Columbia 13001-D - Bessie Smith (v), Jimmy Jones (p)
Chicago Bound Blues
(Lovie Austin)
1923.12.04 -- NYC - 81391-3 Columbia 14000-D - Bessie Smith (v), Don Redman (cl), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Cold In Hand Blues
(Jack Gee; Fred Longshaw)
1925.01.14 -- NYC - 140250-2 Columbia 14064-D - Bessie Smith (v), Louis Armstrong (c), Fred Longshaw (p)

Devil's Gonna Git You (Porter Grainger)
1928.08.24 -- NYC - 146888-2 Columbia 14354-D - Bessie Smith (v), Porter Grainger (p), Bob Fuller (cl), Ernest Elliott (cl)
Dirty No-Gooder's Blues
(Bessie Smith)
1929.10.01 -- NYC - 149075-1 Columbia 14476-D - Bessie Smith (v), James P. Johnson (p)
Dixie Flyer Blues (Bessie Smith)
1925.05.15 -- NYC - 140607-1 Columbia 14079-D - Bessie Smith (v), Buster Bailey (cl), Charlie Green (tb), Fred Longshaw (p), unknown (train-imitation, whistle) -

Don't Cry Baby (Stelly Unger; Saul Bernie; James P. Johnson)
1929.10.11 -- NYC - 149137-2 Columbia 14487-D - Bessie Smith (v), James P. Johnson (p)
Dot 'Em Down Blues
1923.09.21 -- NYC - 81225-3 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Irving Johns (p)
Down Hearted Blues
(Alberta Hunter; Lovie Austin)
1923.02.15 -- NYC - 80863-4 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)
1923.02.16 -- NYC - 80863-5 Columbia A3844 - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)
Down My Old Georgia Way
1925.09.01 -- NYC - 140889-3 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Clara Smith (v), Stanley Miller (p)
Do Your Duty (Wesley Wilson)
1933.11.24 -- NYC - 152577-2 OKeh 8945 - Bessie Smith (v), Buck and His Band (Chu Berry (ts), Bobby Johnson (g), Frank Newton (c), Billy Taylor (sb), Jack Teagarden (tb), Buck Washington (p,ldr))
Dyin' By the Hour
(George Brooks)
1927.10.27 -- NYC - 144918-1 Columbia 13273-D - Bessie Smith (v), Tommy Ladnier (c), Fletcher Henderson (p), June Cole (bb)
Dying Gambler's Blues
(Jack Gee)
1924.12.05 -- NYC - 140165-4 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Buster Bailey, Don Redman (cl), Fred Longshaw (p)
1924.12.12 -- NYC - 140165-6 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Buster Bailey, Don Redman (cl), Fred Longshaw (p)
1924.12.13 -- NYC - 140176-2 Columbia 14051-D - Bessie Smith (v), Charlie Green (tb), Fred Longshaw (p)

Easy Come Easy Go Blues (W. Jackson; E. Brown)
1924.01.10 -- NYC - 81470-4 Columbia 14005-D - Bessie Smith (v), Jimmy Jones (p), Harry Reser (g)
Empty Bed Blues
(J.C. Johnson)
1928.03.20 -- NYC - 145785-3, 145786-1 Columbia 14312-D - Bessie Smith (v), Charlie Green (tb), Porter Grainger (p)
Eavesdropper's Blues
(J.C. Johnson)
1924.01.09 -- NYC - 81469-2 Columbia 14010-D - Bessie Smith (v), Don Redman (cl), Fletcher Henderson (p)

Far Away Blues (George Brooks)
1923.10.04 -- NYC - 81262-3 Columbia 13007-D - Bessie Smith (v), Clara Smith (v), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Florida Bound Blues
(Clarence Williams)
1925.11.17 -- NYC - 141277-3 Columbia 14109-D - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)
Follow the Deal On Down (Tom Delaney)
1924.12.04 -- NYC - 140161-4 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Fred Longshaw (p)
1924.12.11 -- NYC - 140161-5 Columbia 14052-D - Bessie Smith (v), Fred Longshow (p)
Foolish Man Blues (Bessie Smith)
1927.12.27 -- NYC - 144919-3 Columbia 14273-D - Bessie Smith (v), Tommy Ladnier (c), Fletcher Henderson (p), June Cole (bb)
Four Flushin' Papa
1924.04.23 -- NYC - 81720-3 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Porter Grainger (p), John Mitchell (bj)
Frankie Blues
(E. Johnson)
1924.04.08 -- NYC - 81675-2 Columbia 14023-D - Bessie Smith (v), Robert Robbins (vn), Irving Johns (p)
Frosty Morning Blues
(Eddie Brown)
1924.01.08 -- NYC - 81464-4 Columbia 14005-D - Bessie Smith (v), Jimmy Jones (p), Harry Reser (g)

Gimmie A Pigfoot (Wesley Wilson)
1933.11.24 -- NYC - 152578-2 OKeh 8949 - Bessie Smith (v), Buck and His Band (Chu Berry (ts), Bobby Johnson (g), Benny Goodman (cl), Frank Newton (c), Billy Taylor (sb), Jack Teagarden (tb), Buck Washington (p,ldr))
The Gin House Blues
(H. Troy; Fletcher Henderson)
1926.03.18 -- NYC - 14182-3 Columbia 14158-D - Bessie Smith (v), Buster Bailey (cl), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Golden Rule Blues (Bessie Smith)
1925.11.20 -- NYC - 141294-2 Columbia 14123-D - Bessie Smith (v), Don Redman (as), Fletcher Henderson (p)
A Good Man Is Hard To Find
(Eddie Green)
1927.09.27 -- NYC - 144797-3 Columbia 14250-D - Bessie Smith (v), Porter Grainger (p), Lincoln M. Conaway (g)
Graveyard Dream Blues (Ida Cox)
1923.09.26 -- NYC - 81237-3 Columbia A4001 - Bessie Smith (v), Jimmy Jones (p)
Gulf Coast Blues
(Clarence Williams)
1923.02.16 -- NYC - 80864-3 Columbia A3844 - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)

Hard Driving Papa (George Brooks)
1926.05.04 -- NYC - 142148-3 Columbia 14137-D - Bessie Smith (v), Joe Smith (c), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Hard Time Blues
(Bessie Smith)
1926.10.25 -- NYC - 142874-2 Columbia 14179-D - Bessie Smith (v), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Hateful Blues
(E. Johnson)
1924.04.08 -- NYC - 81672-2 Columbia 14023-D - Bessie Smith (v), Robert Robbins (vn), Irving Johns (p)
Haunted House Blues
(J.C. Johnson)
1924.01.09 -- NYC - 81466-1 Columbia 14010-D - Bessie Smith (v), Don Redman (cl), Fletcher Henderson (p)
He's Gone Blues
(Bessie Smith)
1925.05.15 -- NYC - 140605-2 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Buster Bailey (cl), Charlie Green (tb), Fred Longshaw (p)
1925.06.23 -- NYC - 140717-3 Columbia 14083-D - Bessie Smith (v), Fred Longshaw (p)
He's Got Me Goin' (H. Gray)
1929.08.20 -- NYC - 148902-2 Columbia 14464-D - Bessie Smith (v), James P. Johnson (p)
Hit Me In the Nose Blues
1928.02.16 -- NYC - 145651-2 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Ernest Ellott (cl), Bob Fuller (cl), Porter Grainger (p)
Homeless Blues (Porter Grainger)
1927.09.28 -- NYC - 144800-3 Columbia 14260-D - Bessie Smith (v), Ernest Elliott (as), Porter Grainger (p)
Honey Man Blues
(George Brooks)
1926.10.25 -- NYC - 142875-3 Columbia 14172-D - Bessie Smith (v), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Hot Spring's Blues
(Bessie Smith)
1927.03.03 -- NYC - 143584-2 Columbia 14569-D - Bessie Smith (v) and Her Blues Boys (Joe Smith (c), Charlie Green (tb), Fletcher Henderson (p))
House Rent Blues
(J. Crawford)
1924.07.23 -- NYC - 81884-4 Columbia 14032-D - Bessie Smith (v), Charlie Green (tb), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Hustlin' Dan
(J. Crawford)
1930.07.22 -- NYC - 150657-1 Columbia 14554-D - Bessie Smith (v), Ed Allen (c), Steve Stevens (p)

I Ain't Goin' to Play No Second Fiddle (Perry Bradford)
1925.05.27 -- NYC - 140630-1 Columbia 14090-D - Bessie Smith (v), Louis Armstrong (c), Charlie Green (tb), Fred Longshaw (p)
I Ain't Got Nobody
(Abel Baer; Samuel Lewis; Joseph Young)
1925.08.19 -- NYC - 140858-3 Columbia 14095-D - Bessie Smith (v) and her Band (Bob Fuller (cl), Isadore Myers (p), Elmer Snowden (bj))
I'd Rather Be Dead and Buried In My Grave
(P. Fuller)
1928.02.16 -- NYC - 145650-2 Columbia 14304-D - Bessie Smith (v), Ernest Ellott (cl), Bob Fuller (cl), Porter Grainger (p)
If You Don't, I Know Who Will
(Clarence Williams)
1923.06.21 -- NYC - 81092-4 Columbia A3942 - Bessie Smith (v), Fletcher Henderson (p)
I Got What It Takes (But It Breaks My Heart To Give It Away)
(Clarence Williams; H. Jenkins)
1929.05.15 -- NYC - 148533-2 Columbia 14435-D - Bessie Smith (v), Ed Allen (c), Garvin Bushell (as), Greely Walton (ts), Clarence Williams (p), Cyrus St. Clair (bb)
I'm A Cheater
1928.02.21 -- NYC - 145672-3 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Demas Dean (c), Charlie Green (tb), Fred Longshaw (p)
I'm Down In The Dumps (L. Wilson; Wesley Wilson)
1933.11.24 -- NYC - 152580-2 OKeh 8945 - Bessie Smith (v), Buck and His Band (Chu Berry (ts), Bobby Johnson (g), Frank Newton (c), Billy Taylor (sb), Jack Teagarden (tb), Buck Washington (p,ldr))
I'm Going Back To My Used To Be
(J. Cox)
1923.10.04 -- NYC - 81262-2 Columbia 13007-D - Bessie Smith (v), Clara Smith (v), Fletcher Henderson (p)
I'm Wild About That Thing
(Spencer Williams)
1929.05.08 -- NYC - 148485-3 Columbia 14427-D - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p), Eddie Lang (g)
In the House Blues
(Bessie Smith)
1931.06.11 -- NYC - 151594-1 Columbia 14611-D - Bessie Smith (v), Louis Metcalf (c), Charlie Green (tb), Clarence Williams (p), Floyd Casey (d)
It Makes My Love Come Down
(Bessie Smith)
1929.08.20 -- NYC - 18904-1 Columbia 14464-D - Bessie Smith (v), James P. Johnson (p)
It's Just That Feelin' For Home

1926.10.26 -- NYC - W142877-3 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith and Her Blues Boys ( Joe Smith (c), Buster Bailey (cl), Fletcher Henderson (p))
It Won't Be You (Bessie Smith)
1928.02.21 -- NYC - 145671-1 Columbia 14338-D - Bessie Smith (v), Demas Dean (c), Charlie Green (tb), Fred Longshaw (p)
I Used To Be Your Sweet Mama
(L. Miller; Fred Longshaw)
1928.02.09 -- NYC - 145628-1 Columbia 14292-D - Bessie Smith (v), Demas Dean (c), Charlie Green (tb), Fred Longshaw (p)
I've Been Mistreated And I Don't Like It (Fred Longshaw)
1925.11.18 -- NYC - 141285-3 Columbia 14115-D - Bessie Smith (v), Joe Smith (c), Charlie Green (tb), Fletcher Henderson (p)
I Want Ev'ry Bit Of It (Clarence Williams; Spencer Williams)
1926.03.05 -- NYC - 141770-2 Columbia 14129-D - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)
I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
1925.11.17 -- NYC - 141275-5 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)

Jail-House Blues (Bessie Smith; Clarence Williams)
1923.09.21 -- NYC - 81226-2 Columbia A4001 - Bessie Smith (v), Irving Johns (p)
Jazzbo Brown From Memphis Town
(George Brooks)
1926.03.18 -- NYC - 14189-2 Columbia 14133-D - Bessie Smith (v), Buster Bailey (cl), Fletcher Henderson (p)
J.C. Holmes Blues
(Gus Horsley)
1925.05.27 -- NYC - 140629-2 Columbia 14095-D - Bessie Smith (v), Louis Armstrong (c), Charlie Green (tb), Fred Longshaw (p)

Keep It To Yourself (Clarence Williams)
1930.03.27 -- NYC - 150131-3 Columbia 14516-D - Bessie Smith (v), Louis Bacon (t), Charlie Green (tb), Garvin Bushell (as), Clarence Williams (p)
Keeps On A Rainin' (Papa, He Can't Make no Time)
(Spencer Williams; M. Kortlander)
1923.02.16 -- NYC - 80865-4 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)
1923.03.00 -- NYC - 80865-7 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)
1923.04.26? -- NYC - 80865-10 Columbia A3898 - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)
Kitchen Man
(Andy Razaf; Alex Bellenda)
1929.05.08 -- NYC - 148487-4 Columbia 14435-D - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p), Eddie Lang (g)

Lady Luck Blues (W. Weber; Clarence Williams)
1923.06.14 -- NYC - 81078-3 Columbia 3939 - Bessie Smith (v), Fletcher Henserson (p)
Lawdy Lawdy Blues
1924.01.10 -- NYC - 81471-4 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Her Jazz Band
Lock And Key
(Henry Creamer; James P. Johnson)
1927.04.01 -- NYC - 143736-3 Columbia 14232-D - Bessie Smith (v), James P. Johnson (p)
Lonesome Desert Blues
(Bessie Smith)
1925.12.09 -- NYC - 141270-3 Columbia 14123-D - Bessie Smith (v), Shelton Hemphill (c), Fred Longshaw (p)
Long Old Road
(Bessie Smith)
1931.06.11 -- NYC - 151595-3 Columbia 14663-D - Bessie Smith (v), Louis Metcalf (c), Charlie Green (tb), Clarence Williams (p), Floyd Casey (d) Looking For My Man Blues
1927.09.28 -- NYC - 144801-3 Columbia 14569-D - Bessie Smith (v), Ernest Elliott (as), Porter Grainger (p)
Lost Your Head Blues
(Bessie Smith)
1926.05.04 -- NYC - 142149-1 Columbia 14158-D - Bessie Smith (v), Joe Smith (c), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Lou'siana Low Down Blues
(Spencer Williams)
1924.07.22 -- NYC - 81881-1 Columbia 14031-D - Bessie Smith (v), Don Redman (as), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Love Me Daddy Blues (Fred Longshaw)
1924.12.05 -- NYC - 140167-4 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Buster Bailey, Don Redman (cl), Fred Longshaw (p)
1924.12.12 -- NYC - 140167-5 Columbia 14060-D - Bessie Smith (v), Buster Bailey, Don Redman (cl), Fred Longshaw (p)

Mama's Got the Blues (Sarah Martin; Clarence Williams)
1923.04.28 -- NYC - 80995-2 Columbia A3900 - Bessie Smith (v), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Mean Old Bed Bug Blues
(L. Wood)
1927.09.27 -- NYC - 144796-3 Columbia 14250-D - Bessie Smith (v), Porter Granger (p), Lincoln M. Conaway (g)
Me and My Gin
(H. Burke)
1928.08.25 -- NYC - 146897-3 Columbia 14384-D - Bessie Smith (v), Joe Williams (tb), Porter Grainger (p)
Midnight Blues
(B. Thompson)
1923.06.15 -- NYC - 81080-3 Columbia A3936 - Bessie Smith (v), Fletcher Henderson (p)
A Mississippi Moan
--> see: Muddy Water
Mistreatin' Daddy (Porter Granger; Bob Ricketts)
1923.12.04 -- NYC - 81392-3 Columbia 14000-D - Bessie Smith (v), Don Redman (cl), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Moan Mourners
(Spencer Williams)
1930.06.09 -- NYC - 150575-4 Columbia 14538-D - Bessie Smith (v), James P. Johnson (p), The Bessemer Singers
Money Blues (D.K. Leader; H. Eller)
1926.05.04 -- NYC - 142146-3 Columbia 14137-D - Bessie Smith (v), Joe Smith (c), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Moonshine Blues
(Ma Rainey)
1924.04.09 -- NYC - 81676-1 Columbia 14018-D - Bessie Smith (v), Irving Johns (p)
Mountain Top Blues (Spencer Williams)
1924.07.22 -- NYC - 81822-1 Columbia 14031-D - Bessie Smith (v), Don Redman (as), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan) (Peter DeRose; Harry Richman; Jo Trent)
1927.03.02 -- NYC - 143569-2, 143569-3 Columbia 14197-D - Bessie Smith (v) and Her Band (Buster Bailey (cl), Charlie Dixon (bj), Coleman Hawkins (cl), Jimmy Harrison (tb), Fletcher Henderson (p), Joe Smith (c)) -

My Man Blues (Bessie Smith)
1925.09.01 -- NYC - 140890-2 Columbia 14098-D - Bessie Smith (v), Clara Smith (v), Stanley Miller (p, prob. sp)
My Sportin' Man
1929.08.20 -- NYC - 148901-3 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), James P. Johnson (p)
My Sweetie Went Away (Lou Handman; Roy Turk)
1923.09.27 -- NYC - 81245-3 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v) and Her Down Home Trio (George Baquet (cl), prob. Jimmy Jones (p), unknown (?)
1923.10.15 -- NYC - 81245-6 Columbia 13000D - Bessie Smith (v), George Baquet (cl) or Ernest Elliot (cl), poss. Jimmy Jones (p)

Nashville Woman's Blues (Fred Longshaw)
1925.05.15 -- NYC - 140606-2 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Buster Bailey (cl), Charlie Green (tb), Fred Longshaw (p)
1925.05.26 -- NYC - 140625-3, 140626-1 Columbia 14090-D - Bessie Smith (v), Louis Armstrong (c), Charlie Green (tb), Fred Lonshaw (p)
Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl
(Clarence Williams; D. Small; Tim Brymn)
1931.11.20 -- NYC - 151883-1 Columbia 14634-D - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)
New Gulf Coast Blues
(Clarence Williams)
1925.11.17 -- NYC - 141276-3 Columbia 14109-D - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)
New Orleans Hop Scop Blues
(George W. Thomas)
1930.03.27 -- NYC - Columbia 14516-D - Bessie Smith (v), Louis Bacon (t), Charlie Green (tb), Garvin Bushell (cl), Clarence Williams (p)
Nobody In Town Can Bake A Sweet Jelly Roll Like Mine (Clarence Williams; Spencer Williams)
1923.06.22 -- NYC - 81095-2 Columbia A3942 - Bessie Smith (v), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out (Jimmy Cox)
1929.05.15 -- NYC - 148534-3 Columbia 14451-D - Bessie Smith (v), Ed Allen (c), Garvin Bushell (as), Greely Walton (ts), Clarence Williams (p), Cyrus St. Clair (bb)
Nobody's Blues But Mine (Clarence Williams)
1925.08.19 -- NYC - 140857-3 Columbia 14098-D - Bessie Smith (v) and her Band (Bob Fuller (cl), Isadore Myers (p), Elmer Snowden (bj))

Oh Daddy Blues (You Won't Have No Mamma At All) (William Russell; Ed Herbert)
1923.04.11 -- NYC - 80953-3 Columbia unissued, 80953-2 Columbia A3888 - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)
1923.04.11 -- NYC - 80953-5 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith and Her Down Home Trio (prob. Ernest Elliot (cl), Clarence Williams (p), Buddy Christian (bj))
One And Two Blues (George Brooks)
1926.10.26 -- NYC - 142876-2 Columbia 14172-D - Bessie Smith and Her Blue Boys (Joe Smith (c), Buster Bailey (cl), Fletcher Henderson (p))
On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual)
(Andy Razaf)
1930.06.09 -- NYC - 150574-4 Columbia 14538-D - Bessie Smith (v), James P. Johnson (p), The Bessemer Singers
Outside Of That
(J.H. Trent; Clarence Williams)
1923.04.28 -- NYC - 80996-1 Columbia A3900 - Bessie Smith (v), Fletcher Henderson (p)

Pickpocket Blues (Bessie Smith)
1928.02.09 -- NYC - 145627-1,-2 Columbia 14304-D - Bessie Smith (v), Demas Dean (c), Charlie Green (tb), Fred Longshaw (p)
Pinchbacks - Take 'Em Away
(Bessie Smith; Irving Johns)
1924.04.04 -- NYC - 81668-3 Columbia 14025-D - Bessie Smith (v), Irving Johns (p)
Play 'Em For Mama, Sing 'Em For Me Blues

1923.06.21 -- NYC - 81091-3 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Please Help Me Get Him Off My Mind (Bessie Smith)
1928.08.25 -- NYC - 146896-2 Columbia 14375-D - Bessie Smith (v), Joe Williams (tb), Porter Grainger (p)
Poorman's Blues
(Bessie Smith)
1928.08.24 -- NYC - 146895-1 Columbia 14399-D - Bessie Smith (v), Porter Grainger (p), Bob Fuller (cl or as), Ernest Elliott (cl, as or ts)
Preachin' The Blues
(Bessie Smith)
1927.02.17 -- NYC - 143490-2 Columbia 14195-D - Bessie Smith (v), James P. Johnson (p)
Put It Right Here (Or Keep It Out Of There)
(Porter Granger)
1928.03.20 -- NYC - 145787-3 Columbia 14324-D - Bessie Smith (v), Charlie Green (tb), Porter Grainer (p)

Ragtime Dance
1925.05.14 -- NYC - 140600-3 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Fred Longshaw (p)
Rainy Weather Blues
(George Brooks)
1924.08.08 -- NYC - 81907-1 Columbia 14037-D - Bessie Smith (v), Charlie Green (tb), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Rampart Street Blues
1924.01.10 -- NYC - 81471-4 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Her Jazz Band
Reckless Blues
(Fred Longshaw; Jack Gee)
1925.01.14 -- NYC - 140242-1 Columbia 14045-D - Bessie Smith (v), Louis Armstrong (c), Fred Longshaw (harmonium)
Red Mountain Blues
(H. Troy)
1925.11.20 -- NYC - 141294-2 Columbia 14115-D - Bessie Smith (v), Don Redman (cl), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Rocking Chair Blues
(Bessie Smith; Irving Johns)
1924.04.04 -- NYC - 81669-2 Columbia 14020-D - Bessie Smith (v), Robert Robbins (vn), Irving Johns (p)

Safety Mama (Bessie Smith)
1931.11.20 -- NYC - 151884-1 Columbia 14634-D - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)
Salt Water Blues (George Brooks)
1924.07.31 -- NYC - 81893-2 Columbia 14037-D - Bessie Smith (v), Charlie Green (tb), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Sam Jones Blues
(Al Bernard; Roy Turk; J. Russel Robinson)
1923.09.24 -- NYC - 81232-2 Columbia 13005-D - Bessie Smith (v), Irving Johns (p)
See If I Care
(Clarence Williams; Alex Hill)
1930.04.12 -- NYC - 150458-3 Columbia 37576 - Bessie Smith (v), Charlie Green (tb), Clarence Williams (p)
Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair
(George Brooks)
1927.03.03 -- NYC - 143576-2 Columbia 14209-D - Bessie Smith (v) and Her Blues Boys (Joe Smith (c), Charlie Green (tb), Fletcher Henderson (p))
Shipwreck Blues
(Bessie Smith)
1931.06.11 -- NYC - 151597-3 Columbia 14663-D - Bessie Smith (v), Louis Metcalf (c), Charlie Green (tb), Clarence Williams (p), Floyd Casey (d)
Sinful Blues
(Perry Bradford)
1924.12.04 -- NYC - 140162-4 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Fred Longshaw (p)
1924.12.11 -- NYC - 140162-5 Columbia 14052-D - Bessie Smith (v), Fred Longshow (p,k)
Sing Sing Prison Blues (Porter Granger; Freddie Johnson)
1924.12.06 -- NYC - 140170-4 Columbia 14051-D - Bessie Smith (v), Buster Bailey, Don Redman (cl), Fred Longshaw (p)
Sittin' On the Curbstone Blues
1923.06.14 -- NYC - 81074-3 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Slow and Easy Man (S. Red)
1928.08.24 -- NYC - 146894-2 Columbia 14384-D - Bessie Smith (v), Porter Grainger (p), Bob Fuller (as), Ernest Elliott (ts)
Soft Pedal Blues (Bessie Smith)
1925.05.14 -- NYC - 140601-1, 040601-2 Columbia 14075-D - Bessie Smith (v) - Charlie Green (tb), Fred Longshaw (p))
Sobbin' Hearted Blues
(Perry Bradford; Layer; Davis)
1925.01.14 -- NYC - 140249-2 Columbia 14056-D - Bessie Smith (v), Louis Armstrong (c), Fred Longshaw (p)
Sorrowful Blues
(Bessie Smith; Irving Jones)
1924.04.04 -- NYC - 81664-1 Columbia 14020-D - Bessie Smith (v), Robert Robbins (vn), John Griffin (g)
1924.04.04 -- NYC - 81665-2 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Robert Robbins (vn), Irving Johns (p)
Spider Man Blues (Bessie Smith; H. Gray)
19285.03.19 -- NYC - 145783-2 Columbia 14324-D - Bessie Smith (v), Abraham Wheat (cl,ss), Bob Fuller (cl), Porter Grainger (p)
Squeeze Me (Clarence Williams; Fats Waller)
1925.12.09 -- NYC - 141373-3 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Shelton Hemphill (c), Fred Longshaw (p)
1926.03.05 -- NYC - 141768-3 Columbia 14133-D - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)
Standin' In the Rain
(Bessie Smith)
1928.02.21 -- NYC - 145670-1 Columbia 14338-D - Bessie Smith (v), Demas Dean (c), Charlie Green (tb), Fred Longshaw (p)
St. Louis Blues (W.C. Handy)
1925.01.14 -- NYC - 140241-1 Columbia 14064-D - Bessie Smith (v), Louis Armstrong (c), Fred Longshaw (harmonium)
1929.06.00 -- NYC - NY-39,-40,-41,-42 (Film Soundtrack Part 1,2,3,4) - Circle J 1016 - Bessie Smith (v), Joe Smith (c), Russell Smith (tp), Charlie Green (tb), Buster Bailey (cl), Happy Caldwell (ts), James P. Johnson (p), Charlie Dixon (bj), Harry Hull (b), Kaiser Marshall (d), Rosamund Johnson And The Hall Johnson Choir (mixed v chorus) - watch on YouTube
St. Louis Gal
(J. Russel Robinson)
1923.09.24 -- NYC - 81231-2 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Irving Johns (p)
1923.09.24 -- NYC - 81231-3 Columbia 13005-D - Bessie Smith (v), Jimmy Jones (p)
Sweet Mistreater
(Henry Creamer; James P. Johnson)
1927.04.01 -- NYC - 14375-3 Columbia 14260-D - Bessie Smith (v), James P. Johnson (p)

'T Ain't Nobody's Business (Biz-Ness) If I Do (Porter Granger; E. Robbins)
1923.02.15 -- NYC - 80862-4 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)
1923.03.00 -- NYC - 80862-7 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)
1923.04.26? -- NYC - 80862-10 Columbia A3898 - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)
Take It Right Back ('Cause I Don't Want It Here) (H. Gray)
1929.07.25 -- NYC - 148854-3 Columbia 14451-D - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)
Take Me For A Buggy Ride (S. Wilson)
1923.11.24 -- NYC - 152579-2 OKeh 8949 - Bessie Smith (v), Buck and His Band (Chu Berry (ts), Bobby Johnson (g), Frank Newton (c), Billy Taylor (sb), Jack Teagarden (tb), Buck Washington (p,ldr))
Telephone Blues
1925.11.18 -- NYC - 141284-3 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Joe Smith (c), Charlie Green (tb), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Them "Has Been" Blues
(W.E. Skidmore; M. Walker)
1926.03.05 -- NYC - 141767-2 Columbia 14147-D - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)
Them's Graveyard Words (G. Johnson)
1927.03.03 -- NYC - 143573-2 Columbia 14209 -D - Bessie Smith (v) and Her Blues Boys (Joe Smith (c), Charlie Green (tb), Fletcher Henderson (p))
There'll Be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight
(Theodore August Metz; Joe Hayden)
1927.03.02 -- NYC - 143570-1 Columbia 14219-D - Bessie Smith (v) and Her Band (Joe Smith (c), Jimmy Harrison (tb), Buster Bailey (cl), Fletcher Henderson (p), Charlie Dixon (bj))
Thinking Blues
(Bessie Smith)
1928.02.09 -- NYC - 145626-2 Columbia 14292-D - Bessie Smith (v), Demas Dean (c), Charlie Green (tb), Fred Longshaw (p)
Ticket Agent Ease Your Window Down (Spencer Williams)
1924.04.05 -- NYC - 81670-2 Columbia 14025-D - Bessie Smith (v), Robert Robbins (vn), Irving Johns (p)
Tombstone Blues
1928.03.19 -- NYC - 145784-3 unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Abraham Wheat (cl,ss), Bob Fuller (cl), Porter Grainger (p)
Trombone Cholly (George Brooks; G. Johnson)
1927.03.03 -- NYC - 143575-3 Columbia 14232-D - Bessie Smith and Her Blue Boys (Joe Smith (c), Charlie Green (tb), Fletcher Henderson (p)) -

Washwoman's Blues (Spencer Williams)
1928.08.24 -- NYC - 146893-2 Columbia 14375-D - Bessie Smith (v), Porter Grainger (p), Bob Fuller (as), Ernest Elliott (ts)
Wasted Life Blues (Bessie Smith)
1929.10.01 -- NYC - 149074-3 Columbia 14476-D - Bessie Smith (v), James P. Johnson (p)
Weeping Willow Blues (Pam Carter)
1924.09.26 -- NYC - 140062-2 Columbia 14042-D - Bessie Smith (v), Joe Smith (c), Charlie Green (tb), Fletcher Henderson (p)
What Makes Me Love You So?
1929.07.25 -- NYC - 148855-4 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)
What's the Matter Now? (Clarence Williams; Spencer Williams)
1926.03.05 -- NYC - 141769-2 Columbia 14129-D - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p)
When My Baby Comes
1929.08.20 -- NYC - 148903-2 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), James P. Johnson (p)
Whoa Tillie, Take Your Time (Henry Creamer; J. Turner Layton)
1923.09.27 -- NYC - 81244-4 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v) and Her Down Home Trio (George Baquet (cl), prob. Jimmy Jones (p), unknown (?)
1923.10.15 -- NYC - 81244-7 Columbia 13000-D - Bessie Smith (v), George Baquet (cl) or Ernest Elliot (cl), poss. Jimmy Jones (p)
Woman's Trouble Blues
(Jack Gee)
1924.12.05 -- NYC - 140166-4 Columbia unissued - Bessie Smith (v), Buster Bailey, Don Redman (cl), Fred Longshaw (p)
1924.12.12 -- NYC - 140166-6 Columbia 14060-D - Bessie Smith (v), Buster Bailey, Don Redman (cl), Fred Longshaw (p)
Work House Blues (Ted Wallace)
1924.07.23 -- NYC - 81883-2 Columbia 14032-D - Bessie Smith (v), Charlie Green (tb), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Worn Out Papa Blues (Spencer Williams)
1929.10.11 -- NYC - 149135-3 Columbia 14527-D - Bessie Smith (v), James P. Johnson (p)

Yellow Dog Blues (W.C. Handy)
1925.05.06 -- NYC - 140586-1, 140586-2 Columbia 14075-D - Bessie Smith (v), Henderson's Hot Six (Buster Bailey (cl), Charlie Dixon (bj), Charlie Green (tb), Fletcher Henderson (p), Joe Smith (c), Coleman Hawkins (ts))
Yes Indeed He Do!
(Porter Granger)
1928.08.24 -- NYC - 146887-2 Columbia 14354-D - Bessie Smith (v), Porter Grainger (p), Bob Fuller (cl), Ernest Elliott (cl)
Yodeling Blues (Alex Hill; Clarence Williams)
1923.06.14 -- NYC - 81079-3 Columbia A3939 Bessie Smith (v), Fletcher Henderson (p)
Young Woman's Blues (Bessie Smith)
1926.10.26 -- NYC - 142878-3 Columbia 14179-D - Bessie Smith and Her Blues Boys ( Joe Smith (c), Buster Bailey (cl), Fletcher Henderson (p))
You Don't Understand (Clarence Williams; Spencer Williams; James P. Johnson)
1929.10.11 -- NYC - 149136-2 Columbia 14487-D - Bessie Smith (v), James P. Johnson (p)
You Ought To Ashamed (Porter Granger)
1928.08.24 -- NYC - 146889-3 Columbia 14399-D - Bessie Smith (v), Porter Grainger (p), Bob Fuller (as), Ernest Elliott (ts)
You've Been A Good Old Wagon (Smith; Balcom)
1925.01.14 -- NYC - 140251-1 Columbia 14079-D - Bessie Smith (v), Louis Armstrong (c), Fred Longshaw (p)
You've Got To Give Me Some (Spencer Williams)
1929.05.08 -- NYC - 148486-2 Columbia 14427-D - Bessie Smith (v), Clarence Williams (p), Eddie Lang (g)

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