Bessie Smith

1894 - 1937

Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) was an American blues singer widely renowned during the Jazz Age. Nicknamed the Empress of the Blues, she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bessie Smith has received more than 2,393,155 page views. Her biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia making her the 175th most popular singer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 2.4M

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  • 59.83

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 46

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.85

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.59

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among singers, Bessie Smith ranks 175 out of 3,001Before her are Chavela Vargas, Mario Lanza, Dr. Dre, Britney Spears, Beniamino Gigli, and Otis Redding. After her are Zarah Leander, Ajda Pekkan, Lata Mangeshkar, Falco, Marie Fredriksson, and Engelbert Humperdinck.

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Among people born in 1894, Bessie Smith ranks 45Before her are Satyendra Nath Bose, Leo Kanner, Sergey Ilyushin, Alexander Dovzhenko, Kōnosuke Matsushita, and Josef von Sternberg. After her are Friedrich-Wilhelm Krüger, Wäinö Aaltonen, Elisabeth of Romania, Edogawa Ranpo, Nazli Sabri, and Ernst Lindemann. Among people deceased in 1937, Bessie Smith ranks 32Before her are Charles-Marie Widor, Albert Roussel, Wallace Carothers, Louis Vierne, Rudolf Otto, and Frank B. Kellogg. After her are Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild, Yeghishe Charents, Pavel Florensky, Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse, Ray Ewry, and Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Bessie Smith ranks 1,114 out of 12,171Before her are George Foreman (1949), Edna Purviance (1895), Otis Redding (1941), Thomas Schelling (1921), Samuel C. C. Ting (1936), and Stephanie Kwolek (1923). After her are John Grisham (1955), Raul Julia (1940), Mr. T (1952), Jerry Bruckheimer (1943), Liliʻuokalani (1838), and Anthony Mann (1906).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Bessie Smith ranks 59Before her are Billy Joel (1949), Kenny Rogers (1938), Mario Lanza (1921), Dr. Dre (1965), Britney Spears (1981), and Otis Redding (1941). After her are George Benson (1943), Tori Amos (1963), Tom Morello (1964), Courtney Love (1964), John Fogerty (1945), and Axl Rose (1962).