St. Louis Blues

St. Louis Blues

by Bessie SmithBessie Smith


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What makes this little collection interesting is that it contains seven of the nine tracks Bessie Smith cut for Columbia Records with a young Louis Armstrong in two sessions early in 1925, including the seminal version of W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues." An exercise in simplicity, Smith's version of the song features only her voice, Armstrong's answering cornet, and Fred Longshaw on a wheezing reed organ. The end result is one of the greatest performances in pop history. Pianist Fletcher Henderson and tenor sax player Coleman Hawkins also appear on tracks here.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0636943269121
catalogNumber: 8120691

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bessie Smith   Primary Artist,Vocals
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Don Redman   Clarinet
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Louis Armstrong   Cornet
Charlie Dixon   Banjo
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
Fred Longshaw   Piano,Reed Organ
Joe "Fox" Smith   Cornet
Ralph Escudero   Tuba
Charlie Green   Trombone
Irving Johns   Piano
Robert Robbins   Violin

Technical Credits

Bessie Smith   Composer
Perry Bradford   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Art Kassel   Composer
Vic Berton   Composer
George Brooks   Composer
J.C. Johnson   Composer
Martha E. Koenig   Composer
Fred Longshaw   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Scott Yanow   Liner Notes
David Lennick   Producer
J.C. Jones   Composer
Henry Troy   Composer
Paul Carter   Composer
Jack Gee   Composer
Chris Smith   Composer
John Henry   Composer
Stuart Balcom   Composer

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