Bessie Smith – “Muddy Water Mississippi Moan”

Composed in the Spring of 1927 during The Great Mississippi Flood, “Muddy Water Mississippi Moan” was soon recorded by the great Bessie Smith for this classic version. Smith’s pure and plaintif vocal is brilliantly accompanied by a small, live jazz combo. You’ll note the mp3 is as clean as a whistle, thanks to a well-preserved master recording, and an expert transfer to digital. This puts you right in the room during a great moment in early recorded American music.