About the Electric Chair Video (Inspired by Bessie Smith)

Electric Chair was Inspired by Bessie Smith ‘s 1920’s song entitled, “Send me to the ‘Lectric Chair” #Bessie. View this video clip from Joy Dennis’ 2011 interview discussing her inspiration behind the remaking of “Electric Chair”.

Electric Chair by joy Dennis Inspired by Bessie Smith

Electric Chair was Written and performed by Joy Dennis. Directed and shot by Ryan Lightborn. Copyright (C) 2011 Urb Garden Music


Also watch the Bessie Smith Biopic on HBO starring Queen Latifah

About the Bessie Smith Movie

Bessie focuses on legendary blues singer Bessie Smith’s transformation from a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the Blues.”

Queen Latifah stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in this HBO Films presentation, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees from a screenplay by Dee Rees and Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois. With a story by Dee Rees and Horton Foote, the film focuses on Smith’s transformation from a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the Blues,” who became one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and is an enduring icon today.

Bessie Smith starring Queen Latifah

Bessie Smith starring Queen Latifah


Queen Latifah, Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tory Kittles, Tika Sumpter, , Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg, Charles S. Dutton and Mo’NIque

Directed by

Dee Rees

Written by

Dee Rees, Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois and Horton Foote

Produced by

Executive produced by Richard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck, Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Shelby Stone and Randi Michel. Ron Schmidt produces.




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