Sunday, 17 May 2009

Bessie Smith St Louis Blues 1929

I recently included Bessie Smith's St Louis Blues song in the first Malc's Jazz Mix.

In 1929, Bessie Smith made her only film appearance, starring in a two-reeler titled St. Louis Blues, based on W. C. Handy's song of the same name. You can watch the clip above of the title song directed by Dudley Murphy. She sings the song accompanied by members of Fletcher Henderson's orchestra, the Hall Johnson Choir, pianist James P. Johnson, and a string section.

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