MAMIE SMITH

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Though technically not a blues performer, Mamie Smith notched her place in American music as the first black female singer to record a vocal blues. That record was "Crazy Blues" (recorded August 10, 1920), which sold a million copies in its first six months and made record labels aware of the huge potential market for "race records"; thus paving the way for Bessie Smith (no relation) and other blues and jazz performers. An entertainer who sported a powerful, penetrating, feminine voice with belting vaudeville qualities, as opposed to blues inflections, Smith toured as a dancer with Tutt-Whitney's Smart Set Company in her early teens, and sang in Harlem clubs before World War I. Apparently, Smith's pioneering recording session was an accident, since she was filling in for Sophie Tucker, but the success of the record made her wealthy.

Soon thereafter, Smith began touring and recording with a band called the Jazz
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MAMIE SMITH Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1: 1920-1921 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1: 1920-1921
Blues 1995
MAMIE SMITH Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2: 1921-1922 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2: 1921-1922
Blues 1995
MAMIE SMITH Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3: 1922-1923 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3: 1922-1923
Blues 1995
MAMIE SMITH Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 4: 1923-1942 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 4: 1923-1942
Blues 1995
MAMIE SMITH The Essential album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Essential
Blues 2002
MAMIE SMITH Crazy Blues: The Best of Mamie Smith album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Crazy Blues: The Best of Mamie Smith
Blues 2004

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Mistreatin' Daddy Blues / Plain Old Blues
Blues 1923

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