The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

2001 - Bessie Smith

Part of Music MastersĀ® Series Events

Bessie Smith 2001

The “Empress of the Blues,” Bessie Smith is the the honoree for the sixth annual American Music Masters series.

Smith is one of the best known and most influential artists from the 1920s.  During this time, she played to packed houses throughout the South and Midwest.  Her catalog includes over 160 songs, most of which were self-penned.  She played and recorded with a number of noted musicians during the span of her career, including Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Eubie Blake and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ma Rainey.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Performers

  • Linda Hopkins
  • Tracy Nelson

Odeon Performers

  • Dave Alvin
  • The Billy Hector Band
  • Mable John
  • North Mississippi Allstars
  • Vernon Reid
  • Mick Taylor
  • Deborah Coleman
  • Double Trouble
  • Charlie Misselwhite

Severance Hall Performers

  • Jon Cleary
  • Deborah Coleman
  • James Cotton
  • Double Trouble
  • Levon Helm
  • Johnnie Johnson
  • Robert Lockwood, Jr.
  • Charlie Musselwhite
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Paul Rodgers
  • Hubert Sumlin
  • Otha Turner & the Rising Star Fife and Drums Band
  • Jimmie Vaughan
  • Chris Whitley