Bessie Smith was a highly respected and well-loved blues and jazz singer of her time.
She had a beautiful and unique style of singing.
Bessie was a primary influence to Janis Joplin. (Janis thought she was a reincarnation of Bessie Smith). Janis was shocked to learn that Bessie was buried in an unmarked grave and proceeded to raise money to purchase a headstone for Bessie.
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