The Recorded Sound Archives (RSA) is a unit of FAU Libraries Special Collections department. We are located in the Wimberly Library on FAU's Boca Raton campus.

Originally established in 2002 as a small project dedicated to the preservation of recorded Jewish music, it has matured into a robust digitization operation for all types of sound recordings.

Bessie Smith Empress of the Blues


Additional information (PDF) is only available
through the Research Station
Collection(s)Vintage
Catalogue Number35672 / 35673 / 35674 / 35675
Matrix Number 140250
Record Label Columbia
Record Format78 RPM - 10"
Shelf Number682
Number of Tracks8
Date Recorded1925-01-14
Album Artists
Notes N/A

Recordings restricted by copyright will only play 45 seconds to give you a sense of what that recording originally sounded like. These recordings can be identified by the words (Research Station) in the music player.

If a song listed below has not been digitized yet, it will NOT show up within the player. If you need us to digitize this song/album, you can make a formal request here.
1 - Lost Your Head Blues
Composer(s) : Smith
2 - Baby Doll
Composer(s) : Smith
3 - Empty Bed Blues
Composer(s) : J.C. Johnson
4 - Empty Bed Blues (Part 2)
Composer(s) : J.C. Johnson
5 - Cold in Hand Blues
Composer(s) : Gee ; Longshaw
6 - You've Been a Good Ole Wagon
Composer(s) : Smith ; Balcom
7 - Cake Walking Babies
Composer(s) : Smith ; Troy ; Williams
8 - Young Woman's Blues
Composer(s) : Smith