Episode 8

EP8: The Empress of the Blues.

When Bessie Smith sang the blues, everybody stopped to listen. She had a powerful, earthy voice which embodied all the misery and sadness of the world. She was probably one of the best female blues singers who ever lived but she lived too high, drank too much and died tragically on 26 September 1937, in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Bessie was the first bisexual, alcoholic, beaten by segregationists, cheated out of songwriting royalties, dark skinned singing sensation. She was also the first black, female superstar.

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Alice The Backtracker

Hello there! My name is Alice and this is The Backtracker History Show Podcast where I ask you to join me on a meander down through the archives to find out more about the people, places and events from the past.

From tales of pirates and privateers to murderers, tragic accidents to war time escapades, this podcast has it all.
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