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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Carrie Smith RIP

From Bob Corritore

  • RIP Carrie Smith - August 25, 1925 to May 20, 2012. Jazz / blues singer Carrie Smith will be warmly remembered for her work on the Broadway musical revue, Black & Blue. Se died of cancer in Englewood, N.J on May 20th. She was 86. She possessed a beautiful, husky voice and a kind stage persona. Born in Fort Gaines, Georgia she started her career as a gospel singer, appearing at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival with the Back Home Choir of the Greater Harvest Baptist Church in Newark. In the 1960s Carrie Smith began working in various jazz settings in which she would often perform the blues. Carrie became internationally known in 1974 playing Bessie Smith (no relation) in Dick Hyman's Satchimo Remembered at Carnegie Hall. She starred in the Broadway musical Black And Blue Broadway musical from 1989 to 1991 and would also find popularity touring in Europe. Carrie Smith recorded a number of albums in both jazz and blues. To hear an example of Carrie Smith's beautiful voice singing "In The Dark" click here.

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