Mamie Smith

Mamie Smith (née Robinson; May 26, 1891[1] – September 16, 1946) was an American vaudeville singer, dancer, pianist, and actress. As a vaudeville singer she performed in multiple styles, including jazz and blues. In 1920, she entered blues history as the first African American artist to make vocal blues recordings. Willie "The Lion" Smith (no relation) described the background of that recording in his autobiography, Music on My Mind (1964).

Mamie Smith
Background information
Birth nameMamie Robinson
Born(1891-05-26)May 26, 1891[1]
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
DiedSeptember 16, 1946(1946-09-16) (aged 55)
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
GenresBlues
Occupation(s)Actress, dancer, singer
InstrumentsVocals, piano

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