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Pete Johnson - 100% match to Albert Ammons

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 March 1904, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, d. 23 March 1967, Buffalo, New York, USA. After playing drums when a teenager, Johnson switched to piano in 1926 and swiftly became a leading exponent of the blues. He was also an excellent accompanist to blues singers; especially Joe Turner, with whom he established a partnership that lasted for the rest of his life. In 1936 the ub Read more

Willie "The Lion" Smith - 92% match to Albert Ammons

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith, 25 November 1897, Goshen, New York, USA, d. 18 April 1973, New York City, New York, USA. Smith began playing piano at the age of six, encouraged by his mother. He continued with his informal musical education and by his mid-teenage years had established a formidable reputation in New York as a ragtime pianist. During World War Read more

Meade Lux Lewis - 85% match to Albert Ammons

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Meade Anderson Lewis, 4 September 1905, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 7 June 1964, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Although he was popular in Chicago bars in the 20s, Lewis was little known elsewhere and made his living running a taxicab firm with fellow-pianist Albert Ammons. A record he made in 1927, ‘Honky Tonk Train Blues’, but which was not released until 1929, even Read more

Matt Molloy - 81% match to Albert Ammons

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Cow Cow Davenport - 79% match to Albert Ammons

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Charles Edward Davenport, 23 April 1894, Anniston, Alabama, USA, d. 3 December 1955, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. One of the most distinctive themes utilized in boogie-woogie is the train imitation ‘Cow Cow Blues’ from which this consummate performer derived his nickname. Davenport’s father, a preacher, wanted to see his son follow him to a career in the church but i Read more

Boozoo Chavis - 58% match to Albert Ammons

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Wilson Anthony Chavis, 23 October 1930, Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA, d. 5 May 2001, Austin, Texas, USA. This singer and accordionist was one of the first artists to popularise zydeco, the vernacular music of African-American Louisiana. Chavis had learned to play accordion and harmonica by the age of nine and performed around Lake Charles while in his teens. In 1954 he was s Read more

General Echo - 56% match to Albert Ammons

Genres: Reggae
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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d. 1980. Jamaican DJ Echo (aka Ranking Slackness) was one of the first to challenge the predominantly ‘cultural’ approach of the majority of mid- to late 70s DJs, and his influence on the new generation of DJs who made it in the 80s (in particular the UK MC school) was profound. He was one of the first DJs to be heard and fully appreciated on yard tapes, as he tore up Read more

Kessinger Brothers - 54% match to Albert Ammons

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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As a child Clark Kessinger (27 July 1896, South Hills, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA, d. 4 June 1975, USA) moved with his family to Lincoln County, Virginia, where his father worked as an agricultural and foundry labourer. Both his grandfather and uncle were fiddle players. On that account he took up an instrument at the age of five, inevitably gravitating from banjo to Read more

Tony Sheridan - 52% match to Albert Ammons

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Anthony Sheridan McGinnity, 21 May 1940, Norwich, Norfolk, England. Sheridan formed his first band, the Saints, in 1955, before moving to London. There he joined Vince Taylor And The Playboys in early 1959, with whom he played a residency in Hamburg, Germany. A popular attraction at clubs such as the Kaiserkeller with the Jets, that group soon evolved into the Beat Brothers Read more

Ma Rainey - 48% match to Albert Ammons

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1990s 2000s
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Gertrude M. Pridgett, 26 April 1886, Columbus, Georgia, USA, d. 22 December 1939. After working as a saloon and tent show singer around the turn of the century, Rainey began singing blues. She later claimed that this occurred as early as 1902 and however much reliance is placed upon this date she was certainly among the earliest singers to bring blues songs to a wider audien Read more

Jimmy Yancey - 47% match to Albert Ammons

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Edward Yancey, 20 February 1898, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 17 September 1951, Chicago, Illinois, USA. While still a small child Yancey appeared in vaudeville as a tap dancer and singer. After touring the USA and Europe he abandoned this career and, just turned 20, settled in Chicago where he taught himself to play piano. He began to appear at rent parties and informal Read more

Les Paul - 46% match to Albert Ammons

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lester Williams Polfus, 9 June 1915, Wankesha, Wisconsin, USA. Paul began playing guitar and other instruments while still a child. In the early 30s he broadcast on the radio and in 1936 was leading his own trio. In the late 30s and early 40s he worked in New York, where he was featured on Fred Waring’s radio show. He made records accompanying singers such as Bing Crosb Read more

James P. Johnson - 40% match to Albert Ammons

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Price Johnson, 1 February 1894, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, d. 17 November 1955, New York City, New York, USA. Taught piano by his mother, Johnson assimilated a wide range of musical styles. In the years following his family’s relocation to New York, he continued his studies and by his late teens was working in clubs in the Hell’s Kitchen district. Johnso Read more

The Almanac Singers - 38% match to Albert Ammons

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This influential folk group was formed in 1940 by Pete Seeger (3 May 1919, New York City, New York, USA), Lee Hays (b. 14 March 1914 Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, d. 26 August 1981, Tarrytown, New York, USA) and Millard Lampell. Taking their name from ‘The Farmer’s Almanac’, the trio recorded a debut album prior to the arrival of a fourth member, Woody Guthrie ( Read more

Lonnie Donegan - 32% match to Albert Ammons

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Anthony James Donegan, 29 April 1931, Glasgow, Scotland, d. 4 November 2002, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England. Donegan, as ‘The King Of Skiffle’, became a more homogeneous UK equivalent to Elvis Presley than Tommy Steele. Donegan’ s mother was Irish and his father Scottish, and from the age of two he was raised in East Ham, London. Steeped in traditional Read more


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