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Bessie Smith

Singer (15-Apr-1894 — 26-Sep-1937)


Chris Albertson. Bessie. Stein & Day/Yale University Press. 1972. 336pp. Revised edition in 2003.

Edward Brooks. The Bessie Smith Companion: A Critical and Detailed Appreciation of the Recordings. 1982. 229pp.

Elaine Feinstein. Bessie Smith. Viking. 1985. 112pp.

Jackie Kay. Bessie Smith. Absolute Press. 1997. 160pp.

Alexandria Manera. Bessie Smith. Raintree. 2003. 64pp.

Carman Moore. Somebody's Angel Child: The Story of Bessie Smith. Thomas Y. Crowell Co.. 1969.

Paul Oliver. Bessie Smith. Cassel Ltd.. 1959.


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  1. NNDB [link]

  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Internet Movie Database [link]

  4. Wikipedia [link]

  5. Library of Congress Name Authority [link]

  6. Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians (p.616)

  7. 20th Century Culture: A Biographical Companion (p.710)

  8. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.655)

  9. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.1361)

  10. Webster's American Biographies (p.959)

  11. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 8th Edition (p.952)

  12. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.676)

  13. International Dictionary of Women's Biography (p.431)

  14. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.457)

  15. Concise Dictionary of American Biography (p.968)

  16. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (vol.4, p.439)

  17. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.330)

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