THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
345-Bessie Smith-Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out.
1929-Has never charted in the UK.There was no UK chart until 1952.
Best Bit-At 0.56.Every generation is influenced by whom has gone before.This singer and the song helped pave the way for Billie Holiday and Eric Clapton among many others.
Bessie Smith (1894-1937) was an American Blues singer nicknamed the ‘Empress of the Blues,’she was the most popular female Blues singer of the 1920’s and 1930’s.She died in 1937 in an automobile accident,her grave was unmarked until a tombstone was erected on August 7th,1970,paid for by the singer Janice Joplin.
‘Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out’ was written during the years of prosperity in the U.S.(The Roaring Twenties.) It was written by Jimmy Cox (1882-1925) in 1923 as a warning about the fickle nature of fortune and how you wont see fair weather friends when the going gets tough.
‘I get my hands on a dollar again.I’m gonna hang on to it till that eagle grins.’
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