Jill Faulkner Summers apparently told Anne Wilson in September 1995 that her father played Bessie Smith
records on the old wind-up Victrola at Rowan Oak when she was a girl.
Past performers include Bessie Smith
, Nat King Cole, and Cab Calloway.
Dorsey, soul crooner Sam Cooke, Motown chief Berry Gordy, blues empress Bessie Smith
, soul sister supreme Aretha Franklin, funkmaster George Clinton, among others.
Consider The Georgia Crackers, Miller's backing band from his 1928 sessions for New York's Okeh label, There is Eddie Lang, "the first great jazz guitarist," who performed with luminaries such as Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith
Instead, Toure goes on to link Kemetic goddesses and queens to a continuum of such African American wome n artists and activists as Bessie Smith
, Margaret Walker, Gwendolyn Brooks, Gladys Knight, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Ida Wells, Mary McLeod Bethune, Audley Moore, and Fannie Lou Hamer.
Read about Bessie Smith
, Judy Garland, Joan Baez, Bette Midler and Madonna.
He included his amusing play-on-words duet Pas de Duke for Judith Jamison and Mikhail Baryshnikov, as well as The Mooche, a touching suite of dances based on Ellington's tone portraits of female performers Florence Mills, Mahalia Jackson, Marie Bryant and Bessie Smith
The Death of Bessie Smith
was a highly political play.
Then, only a few pages later, she describes Bessie Smith
violently rejecting an embrace from a well-off white lady and makes the rather inane comment, "White manners were on this occasion, I think, more impressive and far less confused, conflicted, and unhappy than black rudeness.
, Ricki's childhood icon, is on her tape player, singing, "I woke up this morning with an awful aching head.
Album Includes Historic Blues and Swing Recordings by Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Sippie Wallace, Kid Ory & Fresh Interpretations of Bessie Smith
Classics Performed by Queen Latifah
By the 70s she had remarried A&R man Bob 'eile, who suggested she should record an album with Count Basie, who said they should record Bessie Smith