“Down-Hearted Blues” – Bessie Smith-with piano acc. (1923)

Columbia; New York, February 16, 1923: acc. by Clarence Williams-p.

Bessie Smith’s debut recording–thanks to the support and encouragement of Clarence Williams, who also helped obtained the record contract for her and plays accompaniment on this song.

The song sold 750,000 copies in 1923 alone. Do pop bands today even sell that many singles anymore?
Bessie Smith
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Read more about Bessie Smith: Redhotjazz.com


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