Sometimes I dress up from time to time. Here I am at my friend’s wedding.
Suit: Tommy Hilfiger
Tie: Have no idea
Hair: Pompadour…tribute to the 50’s and the 60’s
Specs: Found them around Astor Place in New York
Feb. 16, 1923: Legendary Blues singer, Bessie Smith, also known as “The Empress of Blues,” records her first recording, “Down Hearted Blues” for Columbia Records on Feb. 16, 1923. The single sold 800,000 copies. “Down Hearted Blues” was posthumously inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2006.
Sidenote: Bessie was one of Billie Holiday’s influences.
Check out the 1923 recording of “Down Hearted Blues”:
Check out a 1929 “soundie” of Bessie Smith singing “St. Louis Blues”:
Raffeal Sears covers Sam Cooke’s “There’ll Be No Second Time”
Here is a little clip of me singing Sam Cooke’s “There’ll Be No Second Time” at Sessions in Brooklyn. I apologize for the poor quality…..at least you can hear me. :)