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R & B, Blues, Soul Bessie Smith

Young Col

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Coulsdon, London/Surrey
Thanks! I've never actually seen that before, although I knew of it. The acting is, predictably, a bit exagerated, but Bessie's huge presence and passionate blues singing come across very clearly. The backing band has James P Johnson on piano and members of the Fletcher Henderson orchestra, with whom Bessie made many of her great early recordings.

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