WorldCat Identities

Smith, Bessie 1894-1937

Works: 1,069 works in 2,145 publications in 3 languages and 36,553 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Music  Blues (Music)  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Documentary films  Jazz  Nonfiction films  Musical films  Biography  History 
Roles: Performer, Author, Singer, Composer, Originator, Lyricist, Instrumentalist, Narrator, Bibliographic antecedent, Actor, Dedicatee, Contributor
Classifications: PS613, 811.508
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Bessie Smith
American poetry : the twentieth century by E. E Cummings( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 2,349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains over 1500 poems by more than 200 well-known American poets, including Langston Hughes, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Robert Frost, and Wallace Stevens
Ken Burns jazz : the story of America's music by Ken Burns( Recording )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music from the PBS special Jazz, by filmmaker Ken Burns
The ladies sing the blues( Visual )

7 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in English and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historic filmed performances of women blues singers from 1929 through the 1950's. Singers are Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Billie Holiday, Ida Cole, Sister Rosetta Tharp, Connee Boswell, Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughn, Helen Humes and Peggy Lee. Includes background information on the singers as well as the performances
Bessie Smith : the collection by Bessie Smith( Recording )

8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essential Bessie Smith by Bessie Smith( Recording )

12 editions published in 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bessie Smith was a famous blues singer during the 1920's and 30's. All of these recordings were made during a 10 year period from 1923-1933. Includes 36 tracks on 2 discs that feature performances with Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman
Rhapsodies in black : music and words from the Harlem Renaissance( Recording )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The only collection in existence documenting the music, art and literature of the new negro of the Harlem Renaissance featuring digitally restored original recordings as well as new readings of renaissance literature plus a book containing rare previously unpublished photos, artwork and writings."
The panic is on : the great American depression as seen by the common man( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This multifaceted set communicates both the painful hard times of the Great Depression and the grace and strong will of the common man in confronting it. Period newsreel and documentary film footage convey the feel of the times. Classic musical recordings reflect the popular mood of the day. The booklet includes photographs, letters, and first hand recollections
Jazz : the Smithsonian anthology( Recording )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Martin Scorsese presents The best of the blues( Recording )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A distillation of the five-disc series, this album has so many different artists and styles that it is made very clear that the blues are as varied and individual as the artists themselves
The complete recordings by Bessie Smith( Recording )

15 editions published in 1991 in 3 languages and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American roots music( Recording )

1 edition published in 2001 in Multiple languages and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the jazz band ball : early hot jazz, song and dance 1925-1933( Visual )

2 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of early film clips (1925-1933), featuring song, dance, and instrumental performances of some of the giants of the Jazz Age, including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Paul Whiteman, the Dorsey Brothers, and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Features clips of Bessie Smith's only screen performance, Bix Beiderbecke's sole appearance in a sound film, and an early Lee DeForest sound film of Ben Bernie's orchestra in which Jack Pettis plays what is probably the first jazz solo on film
Wild women don't have the blues( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through historic performances and recordings, captures the spirit of such pioneering blueswomen as Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, Alberta Hunter, Ida Cox, Ida Goodson, and others
American popular music : from minstrelsy to MTV by Larry Starr( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of American popular music provides crucial insights into the establishment of a distinctively American culture. Authors Larry Starr and Christopher Waterman examine popular music in the United States from its beginnings to the end of the 20th century, furthering our understanding of the relationship between music, culture, and social identity. Using well-chosen examples, insightful, up-to-date commentaries, and an engaging writing style, American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MTV poses such questions as: Why do people make and listen to music? What do they want from it? What does it give them? Numerous listening examples (corresponding to the 2-CD package that accompanies the text) prompt readers to listen closely to popular music and to learn about its history and the people and institutions that have produced it. American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MTV integrates detailed discussions of particular popular songs and recordings with a thoughtful consideration of the broader historical and cultural context. Other distinctive features include a rich illustration program, strong pedagogy including numerous boxed inserts, inclusion of earlier American popular music, and well-organized listening charts with lyrics. Themes such as the multicultural roots of popular styles, the development of musical technology, and the operations and strategies of the music industry unify the text. This book is an ideal text for courses in American Studies, Cultural Studies, Popular Culture, and Music. Its accessible style and warm tone will captivate students and other readers, encouraging them to become more critically aware listeners of popular music [Publisher description]
Empty bed blues by Bessie Smith( Recording )

20 editions published between 1928 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nobody's blues but mine by Bessie Smith( Recording )

24 editions published between 1925 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Solomon Jazz Collection
Bessie : music from the HBO film( Recording )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A mix of historical and contemporary recordings fills the soundtrack to the upcoming HBO film about the life of Bessie Smith. Included are tracks by Queen Latifah, who plays the blues icon in the film
The best of jazz & blues( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Musicals shorts, produced to merely fill out the film program, have in many cases acquired more value than the features they once supported. Filmed at the Paramount Studios in Astoria, Queens, these films offer unparalleled opportunities to see and hear great artists in action -- and sometimes present surprisingly gutsy subject matter via truly innovative film technique."--Container
The ultimate collection by Billie Holiday( Recording )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Billie Holiday The Ultimate Collection DVD features rare TV and film performances, an especially rare radio interview with Mike Wallace, an audio-only rehearsal session with pianist Jimmy Rowles, audio interviews with friends and fellow musicians, an interactive timeline and an evocative photo-document gallery featuring hundreds of images, from rare photos to personal letters, plus Lady Day's complete recording history for major record companies. Performance highlights include three from 1956's Stars Of Jazz TV that are seen here for the first time since their original broadcast, Holiday's first appearance on film, Duke Ellington's "Saddest Tale," and the classic "Fine And Mellow" with Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and other jazz greats
The Bessie Smith companion : a critical and detailed appreciation of the recordings by Edward Brooks( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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American poetry : the twentieth century
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Bessie Smith Amerikaans straatartieste (1894-1937)

Bessie Smith cantante estadounidense

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Empress of the Blue 1894-1937

Smith, Bessie

Smith, Elizabeth.

Smith, Elizabeth 1894-1937

Smith, Elizabeth, asi 1894-1937

Smith, Elizabeth ca 1894-1937

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American popular music : from minstrelsy to MTVBessieThe blues singers : ten who rocked the worldThe sandbox ; The death of Bessie Smith ; (with Fam and Yam)Celebrating the Duke, and Louis, Bessie, Billie, Bird, Carmen, Miles, Dizzy, and other heroesShout, sister, shout! : ten girl singers who shaped a centuryBessie Smith and the night riders