Talk:Bessie Smith


Old version said "she did not start recording till 1923 on Columbia records' Okeh subsidiary". Columbia and Okeh were seperate competing record companies in the early 1920s.

According to Clarence Williams, he first took Bessie Smith to the Okeh recording studios, but they rejected her as "too rough" (Okeh was featuring more show business style blues singers like Mamie Smith at the time, popular with northern African-American audiences). Williams then took Smith over to competitor Columbia Records, where she became a big hit.

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