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Big Joe Turner - 100% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Music Videos & Concerts Musicals & The Arts Jazz Jazz Pop / Rock
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Joseph Vernon Turner, 18 May 1911, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, d. 24 November 1985, Los Angeles, California, USA. ‘Big’ Joe Turner (aka Big Vernon) began singing in local clubs in his early teens upon the death of his father, and at the age of 15 teamed up with pianist Pete Johnson. Their professional relationship lasted on-and-off for over 40 years. During the lat Read more

Donnie Elbert - 59% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: R&B / Soul Doo Wop Soundtracks
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25 May 1936, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 31 January 1989. Elbert’s prolific career began in the 50s as a member of the Vibraharps. His first solo hit, ‘What Can I Do?’, was released in 1957, but the singer’s career was interrupted by a spell in the US Army. Discharged in 1961, recordings for Parkway Records and Checker then followed, before Elbert the Read more

Bill Doggett - 58% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: R&B / Soul Blues Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks Funk
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16 February 1916, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 13 November 1996, New York City, New York, USA. In 1938 pianist Doggett formed his first band, partly drawing his sidemen from the band of Jimmy Goreham, with whom he had played for the past few years. Later that year he worked with Lucky Millinder, with whom he also played in the early 40s - Millinder having taken over l Read more

Earl King - 58% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Pop / Rock Blues R&B / Soul
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Earl Silas Johnson IV, 7 February 1934, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 17 April 2003, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The son of a blues pianist, King became an accomplished guitarist and singer with local bands before making his first recordings in 1953 for Savoy Records (‘Have You Gone Crazy’, credited to Earl Johnson) and Specialty Records (‘A Mother’s L Read more

Little Willie John - 57% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Doo Wop
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Ruth Brown - 46% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Blues Comedy Music Videos & Concerts Funk Jazz Blues Vocals Pop / Rock
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12 January 1928, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA, d. 17 November 2006, Henderson, Nevada, USA. Brown started her musical career singing gospel at an early age in the church choir led by her father. In 1948 she was singing with a band led by her husband Jimmy in Washington, DC, when Willis Conover (from the radio show Voice Of America) recommended her to Ahmet Ertegun of the newly Read more

Clyde McPhatter - 43% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals Doo Wop
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Clyde Lensley McPhatter, 15 November 1932, Durham, North Carolina, USA, d. 13 June 1972, New York City, New York, USA. For three years, McPhatter was the lead singer in the seminal R&B vocal group Billy Ward And His Dominoes. He left in 1953 to form the Drifters, whose early releases were enhanced by the singer’s emotional, gospel-drenched delivery. In 1954 McPhatte Read more

Fats Domino - 41% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Pop / Rock Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul Musicals & The Arts Drama Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Blues Dance Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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Antoine Domino, 26 February 1928, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. From a large family, Domino learned piano from local musician Harrison Verrett who was also his brother-in-law. A factory worker after leaving school, Domino played in local clubs such as the Hideaway. It was there in 1949 that band leader Dave Bartholomew and Lew Chudd of Imperial Records heard him. His first re Read more

Amos Milburn - 40% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Pop / Rock Blues R&B / Soul
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1 April 1927, Houston, Texas, USA, d. 3 January 1980, Houston, Texas, USA. After service in the US Navy in World War II, Milburn formed his own blues and R&B band in Houston in which he played piano and sang, and in 1946 he was offered a contract by the Aladdin label. Between November 1948 and February 1954 he and his band, the Aladdin Chicken Shackers, had an extraordin Read more

Johnny Otis - 39% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Dance Jazz
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Ioannis Veliotes, 28 December 1921, Vallejo, California, USA. Born into a family of Greek immigrants, Otis was raised in a largely black neighbourhood where he thoroughly absorbed the prevailing culture and lifestyle. He began playing drums in his mid-teens and worked for a time with some of the locally based jazz bands, including, in 1941, Lloyd Hunter’s orchestra. In Read more

Lloyd Price - 39% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Easy Listening Blues
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9 March 1933, Kenner, Louisiana, USA. Price, who launched his career in the early 50s performing rocking R&B, New Orleans-style, was - like his Crescent City compatriot Fats Domino - made for the rock ‘n’ roll era. He did not have to modify his approach at all to become a rock ‘n’ roll hit-maker in the late 50s. Price formed his own band in New Orlean Read more

Wynonie Harris - 37% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Country & Bluegrass Doo Wop
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24 August 1915, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, d. 14 June 1969, Los Angeles, California, USA. This stylish, flamboyant blues shouter enjoyed several R&B hit singles in the immediate post-war period. As a youth Harris played drums in and around his home town before moving to Los Angeles in the early 40s. There he played, danced, sang and worked in several non-musical capacities in Read more

Floyd Dixon - 33% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock
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8 February 1929, Marshall, Texas, USA, d. 26 July 2006, Los Angeles, California, USA. Dixon, aka J. Riggins Jnr., began playing piano and singing as a child, absorbing every influence from gospel and blues to jazz, and even hillbilly. In 1942 his family moved to Los Angeles and he came into contact with fellow ex-Texan Charles Brown who, sensing Dixon’s potential, intro Read more

Shirley & Lee - 32% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Doo Wop
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New Orleans-based duo Shirley Goodman (19 June 1936, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 5 July 2005, Los Angeles, California, USA) and Leonard Lee (b. 29 June 1936, d. 23 October 1976) began recording together in 1952. Billed as ‘The Sweethearts of the Blues’, they enjoyed a series of US R&B hits, including ‘I’m Gone’ (1952) and ‘Feel So Good&# Read more

Memphis Slim - 31% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Blues Jazz R&B / Soul Music Videos & Concerts Blues Folk
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John ‘Peter’ Chatman, 3 September 1915, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 24 February 1988, Paris, France. One of the most popular performers of the blues idiom, Memphis Slim combined the barrelhouse/boogie-woogie piano style of the pre-war era with a sophisticated vocal intonation. A prolific songwriter, his best-known composition, ‘Every Day I Have The Blues’ Read more

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