Bessie Smith was a blues singer.
In the Timeless Universe
Bessie Smith was first seen at Carrie Thompson's juke joint, with fellow musicians, Son House and Muddy Waters. When Connor Mason approaches them and gushes over them, Smith acts incredulous over what Mason calls her, and House and Muddy Waters play along. She asks him to repeat what he said to her. Mason does, and Smith reveals it was all a joke. She affectionately calls him "The King of England" and tells him that she loves his voice. Mason proceeds to order drinks for them all. Robert Johnson joins his fellow musicians in drunken merriment. Smith goes on to witness the Betty's shooting and Johnson record his album at the bar.
Bessie Smith at Wikipedia