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Big Joe Turner - 100% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Music Videos & Concerts Jazz Jazz Musicals & The Arts 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

Shirley & Lee - 72% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Doo Wop Soundtracks
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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

Clyde McPhatter - 66% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul 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

Ruth Brown - 59% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Blues Music Videos & Concerts Comedy Funk Jazz Blues Soundtracks 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

Bill Doggett - 52% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: R&B / Soul Blues Jazz Pop / Rock Funk Soundtracks
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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 - 50% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock 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

Donnie Elbert - 40% 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

Guitar Slim - 39% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul Pop / Rock
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Fats Domino - 38% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Pop / Rock Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul Musicals & The Arts Music Videos & Concerts Drama Pop / Rock Jazz Blues Dance R&B / Soul Soundtracks
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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

Memphis Slim - 38% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Blues Jazz Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul 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

Amos Milburn - 36% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock
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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

Little Willie John - 36% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Doo Wop
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Jimmy Witherspoon - 35% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Blues Jazz Pop / Rock Action & Adventure Music Videos & Concerts Jazz Blues Children's Music Drama R&B / Soul Television
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James Witherspoon, 8 August 1923, Gurdon, Arkansas, USA, d. 18 September 1997, Los Angeles, California, USA. Witherspoon crossed over into rock, jazz and R&B territory, but his deep and mellow voice placed him ultimately as a fine blues singer. He sang in his local Baptist church from the age of seven. From 1941-43 he was in the Merchant Marines and, during stopovers in Read more

Chris Kenner - 32% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks
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25 December 1929, Kenner, Louisiana, USA, d. 25 January 1976, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. This New Orleans-based artist had a US Top 20 R&B hit in 1957 on the Imperial Records label with his own composition, ‘Sick And Tired’, a song later revived by Fats Domino. Kenner was one of the first signings to the Instant label, on which he recorded his three best-know Read more

Ernie K-Doe - 30% match to Smiley Lewis

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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