9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

Has it really been 95 years since Bessie Smith strode into Columbia Record’s New York recording studio with a 24 year old Louis Armstrong to throw down five classics?

Time indeed flies.

In 1925 Smith was being billed as “The Greatest and Highest Salaried Race Star in the World,” but young Louis had not had a single recording issued under his name. Bessie had 50.

That would soon change.

Dial up “St Louis Blues” today and take a look back at one the great race records of its era.

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