"First Shug sing a song by somebody name Bessie Smith"

Known as the 'Empress of the Blues', Bessie Smith (1894-1937) was one of the most popular African-American blues and jazz singers of the 1920s and 1930s, and arguably one of the greatest female singers of her time. She died from injuries sustained in a car crash. Today, her work is revered. The song referred to in the novel, 'A Good Man is Hard to Find', can be listened to here.

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