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Matt Molloy - 73% match to Willie "The Lion" Smith

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Albert Ammons - 70% match to Willie "The Lion" Smith

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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23 September 1907, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 2 December 1949, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Ammons began playing piano as a small child and worked in Chicago clubs while still a youth. In the late 20s and early 30s he played in a number of small bands but his real forte was as a soloist. After establishing himself as an important blues piano player in Chicago in the mid-30s, a pe Read more

Tony Sheridan - 54% match to Willie "The Lion" Smith

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

Boozoo Chavis - 51% match to Willie "The Lion" Smith

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

Kessinger Brothers - 49% match to Willie "The Lion" Smith

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

General Echo - 46% match to Willie "The Lion" Smith

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

Ma Rainey - 45% match to Willie "The Lion" Smith

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

Pete Johnson - 41% match to Willie "The Lion" Smith

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

Thomas A. Dorsey - 36% match to Willie "The Lion" Smith

Genres: Blues Christian & Gospel
Decades Active: 1990s
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1 July 1899, Villa Rica, Georgia, USA, d. 23 January 1993, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Often known as the founder of gospel music. Born into a religious family, Dorsey nevertheless shunned sacred music for many years, although it is in that idiom that he was to make the biggest impact. He learned to play piano in his youth, and when he settled in Chicago in 1916 he began to carv Read more

James P. Johnson - 34% match to Willie "The Lion" Smith

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

Lonnie Donegan - 34% match to Willie "The Lion" Smith

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

The Almanac Singers - 34% match to Willie "The Lion" Smith

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

The Davis Sisters - 32% match to Willie "The Lion" Smith

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
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Cow Cow Davenport - 30% match to Willie "The Lion" Smith

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

Johnny Mercer - 27% match to Willie "The Lion" Smith

Genres: Jazz Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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John Herndon Mercer, 18 November 1909, Savannah, Georgia, USA, d. 25 June 1976, Los Angeles, California, USA. A distinguished lyricist, composer and singer, Mercer was an important link with the first generation of composers of indigenous American popular music such as Jerome Kern and Harry Warren, through to post-World War II writers like Henry Mancini. Along the way, he co Read more


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