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Today’s Birthday: MAMIE SMITH (1883) vaudeville singer, actress and dancer


Mamie Smith (1883)

Smith was an African-American vaudeville singer, dancer, and actress, but her most enduring legacy is a single she recorded in 1920 for Okeh Records. The first recording of vocal blues by an African-American artist, “Crazy Blues” quickly—and somewhat unexpectedly—became a bestseller. Its success opened record executives’ eyes to a previously neglected market—African-American buyers—and ushered in the era of the “race record.” Smith’s “Crazy Blues” was accorded what honor in 2005?More… Discuss