Blues Singer In The 1920's

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Bessie Smith was the most popular and successful blues singer of the 1920’s. In 1923, she signed with Columbia Records and quickly flourished to fame as the main act in the Theater's Owners’ Booking Association theater circuit. This is where one of her most popular hits came to be,“Down Hearted Blues.” This song brought Smith a lot of fortune, it was a hit selling 780,000 copies, which was considered a staggering amount in the 1920’s. It got her a contract for 8 years with Columbia Records and made her lots of money. Her next most harmonic and popular song was “St. Louis Blues.” Many did not consider this a blues because the form and content did not follow traditional blues format of 12-bar progressions. But even though it was not traditional

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