Bennie Smith

Musician, Guitarist

1933 – 2006

42 Views

Who was Bennie Smith?

Bennie Smith was a St. Louis blues guitarist, considered to be one of the city's patriarchs of electric blues.

His sound was emblematic of a St. Louis blues music that he helped define in over half a century practicing his trade. His contributions to the genre in that city, from the early 1950s and almost until the day of his death, included mentor, performer, and recording artist.

Due to his significant contribution to blues music in St. Louis, in October 2003 he received a proclamation from mayor Francis Slay marking October 5, 2003 as 'Bennie Smith Day' in that city. The board of alderman similarly honored Mr. Smith, recognizing him as the "Dean of St. Louis Electric Guitarists". During the 2006 'Big Muddy Blues Festival' in St. Louis, Mayor Slay honored Bennie once again on September 2 of that year, declaring that day also be known as 'Bennie Smith Day' in St. Louis.

We need you!

Help us build the largest biographies collection on the web!

Born
Oct 5, 1933
United States of America
Ethnicity
  • African American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • St. Louis
Died
Sep 10, 2006

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

Citation

Use the citation below to add to a bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"Bennie Smith." Biographies.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 24 Oct. 2021. <https://www.biographies.net/people/en/bennie_smith>.

Discuss this Bennie Smith biography with the community:

0 Comments


    Browse Biographies.net