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    Gaga are just a few ladies that have made it big in the music industry. They have set many records along the way but it wasn’t always like that for women in the music industry. The blues that we know now used to be known as “race music.” (Rockin’ out textbook – page 30) This type of music was sung by mostly whites but in 1920, African American singers were introduced into the blues music. (Rockin’ out textbook – page 30) A lady named Mamie Smith was a woman that was well known for her singing during the blues music era. “Crazy Blues” sold 8,000 copies a week! (Rockin’ out textbook…

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    Listening to the music produced by Bessie Smith called St. Louis Blues, some musical aspects come out clearly. Coming to be known as one of the fundamental jazz plays in history, it has comprised of the blues aspect in the rhythmic flow, a quality that had not been explored. The song by Bessie Smith uses the famous saxophone as the foremost redundant melodic flow that accompanies by Bessie Smith singing. There is also the vibraphone that is played in the background. The combination of these…

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    The blues originated from African-Americans on Southern plantations in the nineteenth century. Slaves, ex-slaves, and families of slaves were the main creators of blues music (Kopp, AllAboutJazz.com). Bessie Smith is known as the most popular female blues singer in the 1920s. Smith was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on the fifteenth of April of 1894. Growing up, Smith did not really have her parents in her life due to them both dying while she was young, around eight or nine years-old (Editors…

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    In Gayl Jones’ Corregidora one of the main texts focus and themes is centered and founded upon the blues. Through Ursa; the main characters singing of this specific genre of music, the reader is forced to recognize that Ursa’s singing ties in completely to her defined belief that her sole purpose is to “make generations” and her singing in a way fulfills that purpose as she in body can’t. The reader is given evidence to this by past recollections in the text, current statements that repeatedly…

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    Smith was born April 15, 1894, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was an independent African-American woman who was born into a large and poor family. She was one of eight children. At a young age, both her parents and her two brothers passed away. Bessie started singing and dancing on the street with her brother which helped her poor family financially. Her career started when she got a job with Vaudeville. Was given the name “Empress of the Blues” for her ability to endure the obstacles that a…

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    After reading the textbook, the modules, and listening to the blues, there is definitely a different sound to each artist, time period and type of blues. I enjoyed all the selections for their unique characteristics and respect for the music and its artists, however there were some types that I preferred. Of the blues selections provided in the modules Keb Mo’s blues song “Am I Wrong” was by far my favorite. I believe that I prefered this blues songs over the others was for its upbeat feeling…

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    Bessie Smith was born in April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She began singing in 1923 at a young age. In 1923 she signed a contract with Columbia Records. She became the highest-paid black performers of her time, with hits like “Downhearted Blues”. White people used to say Bessie Smith was to black, and that only pushed Bessie. Her life and her come back were cut short from a car accident outside of Clarksdale, Mississippi. She died from her injuries on September 26, 1937, when she was 43…

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    During the career of Ma Rainey there was another woman who was having a good time in her music life. Her name is Bessie Smith, she had very humble beginning. Source 4 says “In childhood she danced on street corners for coins to help her family”. That was her beginning as an artist, even though she did did not have something similar to a big debut in a important place, she started from the bottom and continued going to the top. Bessie Smith was influenced by Ma Rainey a very important woman of…

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    The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement that inspired the black community. During this time period, black people expressed themselves in new ways, through art, music and writing. Bessie Smith was one of the highest paid black performers during this time and sang many popular hits, like “Backwater Blues” and “Downhearted Blues”. She was born in Tennessee in April, 1894 and had six siblings however, their parents died while Bessie was still a child. Bessie began singing in the streets with…

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    Bessie Coleman Bessie Coleman has influenced many African American teens from Texas by opening a flying school and teaching other black women to fly, being the first black woman to earn a pilot's license, and working to inspire black aviators. Bessie Coleman was born in Atlanta, Texas; she was the tenth of thirteen children. George Coleman, her father, was three quarter Cherokee Indian. Her parents worked as sharecroppers. (Carly Courtney, Disciples of flight) When she was 12 years old,…

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