Bessie Smith  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Bessie Smith (July 9, 1892 or April 15, 1894September 26, 1937) was an American blues singer.

The most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and '30s, Smith is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era, and along with Louis Armstrong, a major influence on subsequent jazz vocalists.

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