OAKWOOD — A music writer is raising money for a gravestone to mark the Staten Island resting place of an iconic blues singer.
"Mamie was, at one point, the most famous African American blues singer in America," Cala wrote on the campaign's site. "She is lying in empty ground and I am determined to change that."
Smith was the first black vocalist to record a blues song, "Crazy Blues," according to NPR. The song became a hit, selling 75,000 copies in a month, the station said.