Quote from singer Bessie Smith describing blues music in 1924
Blues' Not Funny' Says Bessie Smith - "V 0 - " Bessie Smith F amoux Record Queen Tells Origin of Modern Song and Dance Hits. Bessie Smith, record star, coming to the Lincoln Theater next week, says "blues" are not funny songs. "Of course, the modern songs are greatly modified," she declare, "but the original blu - es songs are deep, emotional melodies, bespeaking a troubled heart." Miss Smith has a strong, clear voice and enunciates very distinctly. Her program at the Lincoln will include a number of her recent successes.