American blues and jazz singer Bessie Smith was born on April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S. and died on September 26, 1937 Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S. She is considered to be one of the most influential blues singer in the music history and often referred as “Empress of Blues”. In addition, she is regarded as one of the greatest singers during that time. Some of her recordings were inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame. They are "Downhearted Blues", "St. Louis Blues" and "Empty Bed Blues". Her “Downhearted Blues” was included in Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. This song was also included in the list of “Songs of the Century”. The song is also in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the songs that shaped rock and roll. You can download Bessie Smith: The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 in mp3 from our site.