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Bessie Jones

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Bessie Jones (February 8, 1902 - July 17, 1984) was an American gospel singer from Smithville, GA. She learned her songs from her grandfather, a former slave born in Africa. She was a founding member of the Georgia Sea Island Singers. Alan Lomax first encountered Bessie Jones on a southern trip in 1959, Jones made her way up to New York City two years later and asked Lomax to record both her music and biography. Read more about Bessie Jones on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License and may also be available under the GNU FDL.

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Under the Influence: A Blues Inspired Generation
Last Played on March 17, 2014 7:03am