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, the World's Greatest Blues Singer


Additional information (PDF) is only available
through the Research Station
Collection(s)Jazz
Catalogue NumberCV 1041
Matrix Number N/A
Record Label
Record FormatN/A
Shelf Number012358
Number of Tracks32
Date RecordedN/A
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 - Down Hearted Blues
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2 - Gulf Coast Blues
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3 - Aggravatin' Papa
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4 - Beale Street Mama
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5 - Baby Won't You Please Come Home
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6 - Oh Daddy (You Won't Have No Mama At All)
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7 - Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
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8 - Keeps On A-Rainin' (Papa, He Can't Make No Time)
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9 - Mama's Got the Blues
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10 - Outside of That
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11 - Baby Have Pity on Me
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12 - Bleeding Hearted Blues
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13 - Lady Luck Blues
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14 - Yodling Blues
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15 - Midnight Blues
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16 - If You Don't, I Know Who Will
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17 - Nobody in Town Can Bake A Sweet Jelly Roll Like Mine
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18 - See If I'll Care
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19 - On Revival Day ( Rhythmic Spiritual)
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20 - Moan, You Mourners
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21 - Hustlin' Dan
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22 - Black Mountain Blues
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23 - In The House Blues
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24 - Long Old Road
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25 - Blue Blue
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26 - Shipwreck Blues
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27 - Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl
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28 - Safety Mama
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29 - Do Your Duty
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30 - Do Your Duty
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31 - Gimme A Pigfoot
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32 - Down In the Dumps
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