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By: Niyla K.
Kentucky, Age 9

Bessie smith was famous for being a jazz singer. Bessie was born in chattonoga 1895.Bessie smith didn't go school. Bessie lived with her big sister. Bessie mom and brother and dad died. The boys only sang the couny blues. In 1923 bessie Bessie Smith got a recording contract with Columbia Records. There were no African American women as famous as Bessie during this time. Bessie died in 1933. Bessie was important because she was one of the first African Americans to be famous.