Writer To Continue Bid For Headstone For Blues Icon Mamie Smith
Remembered as the first African-American vocalist to make a blues recording, Smith was active from the early 20th century until a short time before her death in 1946, aged 63.
Her 1920 version of Crazy Blues is regarded as a watershed moment in recording history and it's been inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame and entered on the US Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.
Michael Cala, himself an inductee into the New York Blues Hall Of Fame, launched a campaign to place a headstone on her currently unmarked grave on Staten Island. more on this story
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