1. Where was
Bessie Smith born?
2. What was Smith's
eldest sister's name?
3. When did Smith
join Moses Stokes' Traveling Show?
4. What accessory
was Ma Rainey best known for?
5. What was the title
of Bessie Smith's first hit record?
6. What famous musician
did Smith team up with for the recording of her famous song "St.
7. When did women
win the right to vote?
8. What was Smith's
first husband's name?
9. What year did
Smith and Jack Gee marry?
10. Which record
companies turned Smith down because her voice was "too rough"?
11. At her peak,
how much was Smith making a week?
12. Who was one of
Smith's chorines and also her lover?
13. Who was the head
of Columbia's "Race Records"?
14. How many records
did Smith record for Columbia?
15. What was the
title of the musical Smith appeared in with Sidney Bechet in 1923?
16. On what day and
year did the Stock Market crash?
17. What happened
on Jack Gee and Smith's first date?
18. What was Smith's
nickname for her adopted son?
19. Which song, outside
of "St. Louis Blues," is most widely identified with Bessie Smith,
and which was recorded in 1929?
20. What is the term
used to describe the mass relocation of African-Americans to the
North in the decades following the Civil War?
21. What was the
name of the traveling minstrel show where Smith first met Ma Rainey?
22. Who was Carl
23. Who was Richard
24. To what genre
of music did American tastes shift after the Stock Market crash?
25. Who wrote Smith's
famous hit "St. Louis Blues"?
26. What year did
Prohibition go into effect?
27. What does the
term "Harlem Renaissance" refer to?
28. Which man in
Smith's life suffered a series of nervous breakdowns?
29. What year did
Smith start in the short film "St. Louis Blues"?
30. What year did
Columbia release Bessie Smith from her contract?
31. Whom did Smith
replace at the last minute for her performance at the Apollo Theater?
32. What new nickname
did Smith go by when she started singing jazz standards in the
33. What was the
date of Bessie Smith's death?
34. Where did Bessie
35. What famous playwright
wrote a play about the controversies surrounding Smith's death?
36. In what city
was Smith's funeral held?
37. Rumors about
Smith's death stemmed from a magazine article by which music writer?
38. For how many
years did Smith's grave go without a headstone?
39. Which famous
1960s rock star paid for a headstone for Bessie Smith's grave in
40. How many Grammy
Awards did Columbia's re-issue of Smith's 160 songs win?
41. When was Smith
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?