Image

7:47 AM / Saturday October 16, 2021

9 May 2015

The official soundtrack for HBO’s ‘Bessie’ includes a collection of historic and contemporary recordings

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
May 9, 2015 Category: Entertainment Posted by:

By Tambay A. Obenson

Shadow and Act

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has announced the release of “Bessie (Music from the HBO Film)Tuesday, May 12 on digital, and on CD on Tuesday, June 2.

The biopic “Bessie,” starring Queen Latifah as blues legend Bessie Smith, premieres on HBO on Saturday, May 16.

Image

The soundtrack contains a collection of historic and contemporary recordings, including 7 new Queen Latifah performances: “Young Woman Blues,” “Preachin’ The Blues,” “Long Old Road,” “Down Hearted Blues,” “Work House Blues,” “Weepin’ Woman Blues” (a duet with vocalist Pat Bass) and “Gimme A Pigfoot and A Bottle Of Beer (2015 Remix).”

The album also features Bessie Smith’s original “Gimme A Pigfoot and A Bottle Of Beer” recording, featuring newly recorded vocals, ad-libs and raucous banter by Queen Latifah, set to enhanced instrumentation remixed and produced by Adam Blackstone and Queen Latifah.

The album also features modern performances of blues, jazz and swing classics including “Prove It On Me,” performed by Carmen Twillie; “See See Rider,” performed by Tamar-Kali; “Laugh Clown Laugh,” performed by Cecile McLorin Salvant; and two new instrumental arrangements from Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks: “I’ve Got What It Takes (But It Breaks My Heart To Give It Away)” and “Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight.”

Rounded out the soundtrack are authentic period recordings from Fats Waller & His Rhythm (“A Good Man Is Hard To Find”), Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (“[What Did I Do To Be So] Black And Blue”), Sippie Wallace (“I’m A Mighty Tight Woman”) and Kid Ory’s Creole Orchestra (“Ballin’ The Jack”).

“This is a project that has been close to my heart for many years… to not only star as Bessie Smith but to also produce the film and the soundtrack is a dream for me. Recording this music was an incredible journey and I am proud to be a part of it all,” Queen Latifah said. 

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Local

SUBURBAN NEWS: County Council votes to end private management of George W. Hill Correctional Facility

October 15, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Delaware County Councilman Kevin Madden (Photo/delcopa.gov) Delaware County Council voted unanimously to...

Politics

Congress off the rails? Lawmakers barrel toward fall fights

October 15, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: The U.S Capitol at sunset in Washington, on Sept. 30, 2021....

Stateside

Capitol cop indicted, told Jan. 6 rioter to hide evidence

October 15, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email By MICHAEL BALSAMO and COLLEEN LONG WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Capitol Police...

Go With The-Flo

Nichole Johnson is the only Black woman-owned liquor importer, exporter and distributor in the world

October 15, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Nichole Johnson By Flo Anthony Just in case you missed this...

Food And Beverage

New study: 2 out of 3 prioritize eating quality breakfast

October 15, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT For the past 18 months, Americans have been spending more time at...

Entertainment

Netflix employee fired in wake of Chappelle special furor

October 16, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix said Friday that it had fired an employee...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff