Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"St. Louis Blues" by Bessie Smith

In honour of the founding of Missouri's pre-eminent city, St. Louis, here's the Empress of the Blues herself, Bessie Smith, in a rare (and very raw) filmed performance of St Louis Blues (written by W. C. Handy) from 1929 - which is the only known film footage of one of the 20th Century's most powerful singers.
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