Bessie E. Rudisill was an American pianist/organist and composer of popular music. Born in Rensselear, Missouri, she was raised in a musical family in New London, Missouri, and played in her father's string orchestra there as well being the organist for the Baptist Young People when only 14. When 20-years old, her family moved to St. Louis enabling her to work in the Crawford Department Store music department. Her 12 published works include rags, two steps, a song and other pieces. She is perhaps best known for her Eight O'Clock Rush
(1911). She later moved to Los Angeles, California where she worked as a theatre organist.