Huey "Piano" Smith
|Genres:||Cajun & Zydeco R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||rhythm and blues new orleans soul blues|
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26 January 1934, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Pianist Smith drew his pulsating style from a variety of musical sources, including the boogie-woogie of Albert Ammons and jazz of Jelly Roll Morton. Having served in bands led by Earl King and Eddie Guitar Slim Jones, Smith became a respected session musician before embarking on an independent recording career. Leading his own group, the Clowns, which at its peak included Gerry Hall, Eugene Francis, Billy Roosevelt and vocalist Bobby Marchan, he achieved two million-selling singles in 1957 with Rockin Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu and Dont You Just Know It. Both releases showcased classic New Orleans rhythms as well as the leaders vibrant, percussive technique. The pianist was also featured on Sea Cruise, a 1959 smash for Frankie Ford, whose speeded-up vocal was overdubbed onto an existing Clowns tape. However, despite other excellent releases,...