Smiley Lewis

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock
Tags: blues new orleans rhythm and blues rock n roll rhythm & blues Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Overton Amos Lemons, 5 July 1913, DeQuincy, Louisiana, USA, d. 7 October 1966, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. While failing to gain the commercial plaudits his work deserved, this New Orleans-based artist was responsible for some of that city’s finest music. He made his recording debut, as Smiling Lewis, in 1947, but his strongest work appeared during the 50s. ‘The Bells Are Ringing’ (1952) took him into the US R&B chart, and his biggest hit came three years later with ‘I Hear You Knocking’. This seminal slice of Crescent City blues featured pianist Huey ‘Piano’ Smith and band leader Dave Bartholomew, and was revived successfully in 1970 by Dave Edmunds. Smiley’s career was dogged by ill luck. His original version of ‘Blue Monday’ was a hit in the hands of Fats Domino, while Elvis Presley took another song, ‘One Night’, and by altering its risqué lyric, secured a massive pop hit in the process. A...

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