Spartanburg County, South Carolina, United States
|Died||February 2, 1935
Detroit, Michigan, United States
|Genres||Classic female blues|
Smith was born in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. In her youth she worked on African American theater circuits and tent shows. By the late 1910s she was appearing as a headliner at the Lyric Theater in New Orleans, Louisiana and on the T.O.B.A. circuit.
In 1923 she settled in New York, appearing at cabarets and speakeasies there; that same year she made the first of her commercially successful series of gramophone recordings for Columbia Records, for whom recorded 122 songs, working with many other musicians like Fletcher Henderson and Louis Armstrong.
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