St. Louis Blues

The Blues and Bessie Smith: The Life of Bessie Smith

Episode 4

Episode date - January 25, 2008

How Music Changed

    We complete our coverage of Bessie Smith by focusing intently on the connection between her music and her personal life.

    The more you know about Bessie Smith’s personal life and the times she lived in, the easier it is to appreciate her magnificent artistry, and recognize her importance as one of the most influential artists that ever lived. Her legendary status is compounded by her untimely death. Her story is a combination of ribald revelry and tragedy, and you can hear every ounce of Bessie’s experience in each of these songs.

    Here is a list of music covered in today’s program;

    Backwater Blues

    I'd Rather Be Dead and Buried in My Grave

    Empty Bed Blues, Pt. 1

    Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out

    It Makes My Love Come Down

    On Revival Day

    Do Your Duty

    Gimme a Pigfoot

    St. Louis Blues (from film soundtrack)

    Channel 10 - The Blues and Bessie Smith