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Mamie Smith

Born: 
05/26/1883
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Died: 
09/16/1946
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1893-1946
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Mamie Smith (née Robinson) was an American vaudeville singer, dancer, pianist and actress, who appeared in several films late in her career. As a vaudeville singer she performed a number of styles including jazz and blues. She entered blues history by being the first African American artist to make vocal blues recordings in 1920.