I first heard this song as part of the London Cast Recording of ‘Blues in the Night’, where it’s performed by a group of women and a lot more upbeat. I’ve chosen it as song of the week because I think it fits with the sentiment of my last post.
Bessie Smith is an amazing blues singer that I’ve been listening to a lot recently, and I just love her version of the song. She had an interesting life, she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. Smith became the highest paid black entertainer of the day, heading her own shows, which sometimes featured as many as 40 troupers, and touring in her own railroad car.
What I didn’t know is that HBO are soon releasing a film about her life, staring Queen Latifah. You can see the trailer below, I’m looking forward to when it’s shown over here!