Unformatted text preview: circuit (African-American vaudeville). •Mamie Smith recorded “Crazy Blues” in 1920; it popularized the classic blues and women blues singers. •“Ma” Rainey sang blues songs that were closer to rural blues than most other black women singers; was very influential on many women who followed her. •Bessie Smith: the “Empress of the Blues.” Identified with sophisticated city blues styles. Blues was influential on the development of early jazz, although the two are not the same thing. (Although, as Daniel Kngman correctly notes, “the blues, in both form and feeling, has never been wholly absent from jazz” . . . except perhaps during the big band Swing Era.)...
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- Fall '08
- classic blues, W. C. Handy, •Bessie Smith