Turning The Tables: Bessie Smith One of the earliest stars of the recording era, a leading figure of the blues and the first African American superstar.

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Turning The Tables: Celebrating Eight Women Who Invented American Popular Music

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How Bessie Smith Influenced A Century Of Popular Music

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