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Bessie Smith--why no recordings after 1933

Discussion in 'General Jazz Discussions' started by rgeberer, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. rgeberer

    rgeberer Member

    I just saw the DVD of the recent movie on Bessie Smith, but, of course, I've been aware of Bessie long before that. I remember reading somewhere that "Take Me for a Buggy Ride" and "Gimme a Pigfoot" from the 1933 session produced by John Hammond were fairly successful recordings. Why did Columbia not follow up this session with more recordings from Bessie? Apparently, she was still a fairly big attraction on the "chitlin circuit" until her death.
     

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