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Mamie Smith

Originally from Cincinnati, OH, she spent her early career acting in vaudeville performances. In 1920 she became the first to record a commercial blues hit when she sang “Crazy Blues”, a song written and arranged by Perry Bradford. The hit song was also important expanding interest in commercial music in the Black community, because the song had culturally relevant content, and was Bradford was the first Black manager to put together an all black band to record a commercial record.

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