Extra! Chicago Defender Race Records Ads Show South from Afar

  title={Extra! Chicago Defender Race Records Ads Show South from Afar},
  author={Mark K. Dolan},
  journal={Southern Cultures},
  pages={106 - 124}
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In January of 1926, a record advertisement for Bessie Smith's "Florida Bound Blues" appeared in the Chicago Defender's entertainment section, showing the blues queen wrapped in overcoat and scarf, waving farewell from a southbound caboose. "It's so cold up North," Bessie complained in the ad, which told readers they could buy the record at Kapp Music Company, 2308 West Madison Street. Outspoken advertisements for blues records--termed "race records" by the industry… 
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