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Black Music Month: Bessie Smith

Born into poverty in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Bessie Smith began singing for money on street corners and eventually rose to become the largest-selling recording artist of her day. So mesmerizing was her vocal style – reinforced by her underrated acting and comedic skills – that near-riots frequently errupted when she appeared. Those outside the theaters clamored

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