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La Madelon - Willie The Lion Smith - Willie The Lion Smith

Label: GNP Crescendo - GNPS 9011 • Series: Vintage Series • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: US • Genre: Jazz •
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Willie "The Lion" Smith in the s was considered one of the big three of stride piano along with James P. Johnson and Fats Waller even though he made almost no recordings until the mid-'30s.

His mother was an organist and pianist, and Smith started playing piano when he was six. He earned a living playing piano as a teenager, gained his nickname "the Lion" for his heroism in World War I, and after his discharge he became one of the star attractions at Harlem's nightly rent parties. Although he toured with Mamie Smith and played piano on her pioneering blues record "Crazy Blues"Smith mostly freelanced throughout his life.

He was an influence on the young Duke Ellington who would later write "Portrait of the Lion" and most younger New York-based pianists of the s and '30s. Although he was a braggart and with his cigar and trademark derby hat appeared to be a rough character, Smith was actually more colorful than menacing and a very sophisticated pianist with a light touch.

His recordings with his Cubs starting in and particularly his piano solos for Commodore highlighted by "Echoes of Spring" cemented his place in history. Because he remained very active into the early '70s writing his memoirs Music on My Mind infor quite a few decades Willie "the Lion" Smith was considered a living link to the glory days of early jazz. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully.

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  1. Although he toured with Mamie Smith (and played piano on her pioneering blues record "Crazy Blues"), Smith mostly freelanced throughout his life. He was an influence on the young Duke Ellington (who would later write "Portrait of the Lion") and most younger New .
  2. Smith died at the age of 79, on April 18, , in New York. Legacy. The liner notes his LP The Legend of Willie "The Lion" Smith (Grand Awards Records GA ) state: "Duke Ellington has never lost his awe of the Lion's prowess." It quotes Ellington as saying, "Willie The Lion was the greatest influence of all the great jazz piano players who have come kajikinosmugisbroadcrusher.infoinfo: November 23, , Goshen, New York, .
  3. Jan 01,  · La Madelon, a song by Willie "The Lion" Smith on Spotify. We and our partners use cookies to personalize your experience, to show you ads based on your interests, and for measurement and analytics purposes. By using our website and our services, Music Duration: 2 min.
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  5. Jun 11,  · Willie "The Lion" Smith lived through six decades of music and, despite the changes in musical styles over those years, remained true to himself .
  6. Willie "The Lion" Smith was one of the fathers of the stride piano style. During the s he was a sort of underground figure, who gained a reputation as a hot piano player by providing the music for rent parties in the private homes and small clubs of Harlem.

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