Abstract of thesis rhetorical operatives in selected blues lyrics of bessie smith a joint study of music and rhetoric allows for the. Bessie smith was one of the first female jazz artists, and she paved the way for many musicians who followed bessie was born april 15, 1894 in. Smith's tragic end after a car accident in 1937 was immortalized in edward albee's 1959 the death of bessie smith her voice lives on forever—in her recordings and through singers from billie holiday to janis joplin—who paid for her gravestone in 1970. Bessie smith is credited as blues and jazz singer, called the empress of the blues , bessie smith, also known as elizabeth smith, bessie elizabeth smith born april 15, 1894 in chattanooga, tennessee, united states - died september 26, 1937. Beyond smith's commercial success in her own lifetime as well as her lasting legacy and influence on jazz music, the empress has been celebrated both on the stage and on screen in edward albee's 1959 one-act play, the death of bessie smith (inspired by a story surrounding smith's fatal car crash), as well as in the 2015 hbo film, bessie.
This is the most reliable eyewitness testimony about the events surrounding bessie smith's death after stopping at the accident scene, dr smith examined bessie smith, who was lying in the middle of the road with obviously severe injuries. Blues law: bessie smith vs columbia records almost a century later there is still a great deal of controversy surrounding bessie smith's death what is known. Free essay: bessie smith known as the empress of blues, bessie smith was said to have revolutionized the vocal end of blues music she showed a lot of. The death of bessie smith takes place in a whites-only hospital in memphis on the day in 1937 that popular blues singer bessie smith was fatally injured in a car crash albee was inspired by the story that smith died because a whites-only hospital refused to admit her, but this was later disproven.
Home home - blog updates the truth about bessie smith's tragic death february 13, 2018 richard blues music , history , racism 1 comments j frank dobie was a member of the faculty at the university of texas off and on from 1914 until his dismissal in 1947. Don't expect hbo's bessie smith movie to air the details of the freak car accident and tragic death of the blues singer tonight, unless a last minute change has been added dee rees has been clear that she left out that part in the movie because she wanted to focus on bessie smith's heroic. Other articles where the death of bessie smith is discussed: bessie smith:the subject of his play the death of bessie smith (1960. The death of bessie smith is set in memphis, tennessee, 1937, a time when the south's aristocracy is crumbling amidst the deeply racist views of its citizens at a. Bessie smith essaysbessie smith, known as the empress of the blues, was the most influential and controversial classical blues singer of the 1920s during her prime, her powerful blues voice sold almost a million records and gave her a weekly salary of about $2000, placing her at the top of the.
Bessie ellen smith, the daughter of george and bessie (bauer) whittet, was born november 20, 1911 in delhi township, redwood county she grew up in rural redwood falls and graduated from redwood falls high school in 1930. This bessie smith documentary produced by the biography channel (bio) offers a short overview of bessie's life and death it touches on her early days with ma rainey to traveling the country during segregation and eventually being discovered by columbia records. Bessie smith was an american blues singer nicknamed the empress of the blues, smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s she is often regarded as one of the greatest.
Forebears: bessie smith, the empress of the blues the pioneering singer influenced blues, which aptly reflects the circumstances of her death: i never heard of such s seventy years later. Bessie smith's fatal car accident site valery5852 loading unsubscribe from valery5852 death of bessie smith - duration: 3:14 various artists - topic 1,364 views. Hammond retracted the allegation, but not before the story had fueled a post-mortem return to fame for the singer, including a stage play memorializing the incident by edward albee, the death of bessie smith. This paper is an interpretation of albee's drama the death of bessie smith, with an emphasis on the theme of racism, as well as other race-related social problems, such as social inequality, materialism, ethical dilemma and distorted human relation.
(edward albee based his 1959 play the death of bessie smith on this version of events) while neither one of these scenarios would have been much of a surprise in the jim crow south, most. The circumstances of smith's death and the rumor promoted by hammond formed the basis for edward albee's 1959 one-act play the death of bessie smith  the bessie smith ambulance would not have gone to a white hospital, you can forget that. Bessie smith (april 15, 1894 - september 26, 1937) was an american blues singer nicknamed the empress of the blues, she was the most popular female.