Thursday, February 02, 2012

Bessie Smith's South Philadelphia Performance

"Demand for her live performances steadily increased as the 1930s progressed, and by 1936 was such that a one-night booking to replace Billie Holiday at Connie's Inn in New York was extended into a residency of two months. Invitations to perform at prestigious venues such as the Savoy Ballroom and the Apollo in New York and Art's Café and the Wander Inn in Philadelphia followed."

The Wander Inn is now the American Sardine Bar
Thanks to Michael Jordan for this info.

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