Tags: Bessie Smith, Blues Highway, Dave Brubeck Quartet, St. Louis Blues, US Highway 61, youtube
For everyone who has been left stranded when their concert was canceled tonight, we thought we’d give you a show of our own; the video above is of Bessie Smith performing the “St. Louis Blues“. This clip is from a 1929 film of the same name (ironically filmed in Queens, New York City) is the only known footage of the late Bessie Smith, who would eventually have her life taken by the Blues Highway, in a tragic car accident and subsequent mistreatment on US Highway 61.
If you’re not in the mood for that epic recording, we offer this classic music of the Dave Brubeck Quartet performing their rendition of the “St. Louis Blues“. It may not be as hip, but you can’t deny that the sounds of that critically-acclaimed jazz group will ironically cheer you up.