Little is known about the life of Blues singer Laura Smith. She is thought to have come from Indianapolis, Indiana and is known to have toured the TOBA vaudeville circuit in the early 1920s. Her recording career began in 1924 on the Okeh label and ended in 1927 on Victor. Smith's 1927 version of Jelly Roll Morton's "Don't You Leave Me Here" is quite good and features lyrics that differ from Morton's classic 1939 solo version of the song. Laura Smith is reported to have died in Los Angeles, California in February of 1932.

Laura Smith accompanied by Clarence Williams' Harmonizers
Laura Smith accompanied by Perry Bradford's Mean Four
Laura Smith and Her Wild Cats
Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Don't You Leave Me Here
(Jelly Roll Morton)
3-1927 New York City, New York Banner
1977
Face To Face
(F.G. Crosby / Geo. C. Stephens)
10-1-1925 New York City, New York Okeh
8252
Fightin' Blues 6-7-1927 Chicago, Illinois Victor
20945-A
Gonna Put You Right In Jail early 2-1927 New York City, New York Banner
1977
Gravier Street Blues
(Clarence Williams)
10-10-1924 New York City, New York Okeh
8179-A
Hatefull Blues
(Perry Bradford)
2-7-1927 New York City, New York Okeh
8445-B
I'm Gonna Kill Myself
(M. Jackson)
1-1927 New York City, New York Pathe Actuelle
7525
Perfect
125 B
I Can Always Tell When My Man Don't Want Me 'Round
(Aaron C. Thompson)
10-10-1924 New York City, New York Okeh
8169-A
If You Don't Like It Like I Want It Done (I'll Get Somebody Else)
(A. Booker)
1-1927 New York City, New York Pathe Actuelle
7525
Perfect
125
Jack Ass Blues
(Art Kassel / Mel Stitzel)
5-28-1926 New York City, New York Okeh
8331-A
Lake Ponchartrain Blues
(Clarence Johnson)
10-10-1924 New York City, New York Okeh
8179-B
Lonesome Refugee
(Sidney Easton)
6-7-1927 Chicago, Illinois Victor
20775-B
My Best Friend Stole My Man And Gone
(Clarence Williams / Myrtle Barger)
10-10-1924 New York City, New York Okeh
8186
My Man Just Won't-Don't
(Dickerson - Coleman)
2-7-1927 New York City, New York Okeh
8445-A
Red River Blues
(Edgar Dawell)
6-7-1927 Chicago, Illinois Victor
20945-B
Take Me Home, Heavenly Father, With Thee
(Lawrence Perricome / Harold Dixon)
10-1-1925 New York City, New York Okeh
8252
The Mississippi Blues
(Lucille Hegamin / Clarence Williams)
6-7-1927 Chicago, Illinois Victor
20775-A
Them Has Been Blues
(Will E. Skidmore / Marshall Walker)
5-28-1926 New York City, New York Okeh
8331-B
Two-Faced Woman Blues
(Clarence Williams)
10-10-1924 New York City, New York Okeh
8169-A
Artist Instrument
Lukie Johnson Piano
Clarence M. Jones Piano
Tom Morris Cornet
Clarence Williams Piano
unknown Alto Saxophone, Guitar, Piano, Trumpet, Violin




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