Personalities | Huey ‘Piano’ Smith | Fifties | Jazz & Blues
(Piano, vocals, b. 1934)
Huey P. Smith was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and worked with Earl King and Guitar Slim in the early 1950s. He made his recording debut for Savoy in 1953 but his on-off tenure with Ace Records from 1955–64 was his most important. His group the Clowns had two huge R&B records in ‘Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie-Woogie Flu’ and ‘Don’t You Just Know It’ in 1957–58. Smith was a fine songwriter, pianist and vocalist, and one of the bright stars of the New Orleans R&B scene of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
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