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Pine Top Smith

One of the driving forces behind the advent of boogie-woogie piano, Clarence "Pine Top" Smith ranks among the most influential blues figures of the 1920s. Born January 11, 1904, in Troy, AL, he was raised in nearby Birmingham; a self-taught player, he began performing at area house parties while in his mid-teens, and after relocating to Pittsburgh accompanied Ma Rainey and Butterbeans & Susie. On the advice of fellow pianist Cow Cow Davenport -- himself a seminal figure in boogie-woogie's development -- Smith relocated to Chicago in 1928, where he lived in the same apartment house as Meade "Lux" Lewis and Albert Ammons, conditions that resulted in frequent all-night jam sessions; there, he also made a name for himself on the city's house-rent party and club circuits. While boogie-woogie's exact origins are a mystery, Smith's energetic "Pine Top's Boogie Woogie" (cut during his first Vocalion label sessions in 1928) marked the first known use of the phrase on record, and its lyrics -- a cry of "Hold it now/Stop/Boogie Woogie!" -- became the template for any number of subsequent piano tunes. Another recording session followed in early 1929, but just weeks later, on March 15, Smith's bright career came to an abrupt halt when he was shot and killed by a stray bullet during a dancehall fracas; he was just 25 at the time of his death, leaving behind a legacy of only 11 recorded tracks. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Ultimate Blues Collection Vol. 4

1. Midnight Steppers

2. Maggie Campbell

3. Midnight Special

4. No No Blues

6. Indiana Avenue Stomp

8. Crying Mother Blues

9. Louise Louise Blues

10. Whip It To A Jelly

11. Worried Life Blues

12. I'm Sober Now

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Track List: Picking The Blues - Compiled By John Mayall - Boogie Woogie Pioneers

1. Cow Cow Blues

2. Jump Steady Blues

3. Moanin' The Blues

5. Fanny Lee Blues

6. No Special Rider

7. Pratt City Blues

10. Boogie Woogie

11. Lonesome Day Blues

12. Bass Goin' Crazy

13. Holler Stomp

14. 35th And Dearborn

15. Six Wheel Chaser

16. In The Mornin'

18. Chicago Breakdown

19. Indiana Avenue Stomp

20. Slim's Boogie

21. Early In The Morning

22. Otis In The Dark

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Track List: The Roots Of Rap: Classic Recordings From The 1920s & 30s

1. If I Had My Way I'd Tear This Building Down

2. Cocaine Blues

3. Bow Wow Blues

4. Jive Man Blues

5. Jonah In The Wilderness

7. Whitewash Station

9. The Dirty Dozen No. 2

10. Tain't None O' Your Business

11. It's A Good Thing

12. She's A Hum Dum Dinger

13. Papa's On The House Top

14. Let That Liar Alone

17. Atlanta Strut

18. Arkansas Hard Luck Blues

21. Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out

22. When I Stopped Running I Was At Home

23. Frankie Jean

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Track List: Shake Your Wicked Knees: Classic Piano Rags, Blues & Stomps 1928 - 43

2. Pine Top's Boogie Woogie

3. Pine Top's Blues

4. Back In The Alley

7. Honky Tonk Train Blues

10. Cow Cow Blues

12. House Rent Shuffle

14. Jump Steady Blues

15. Detroit Rocks

16. Whoop And Holler Stomp

17. I'm Sober Now

18. Indiana Avenue Stomp

21. Jimmy's Rocks

22. Mooch Piddle

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Track List: Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey

Disc 1

1. Goin' Crazy With The Blues

2. Lock And Key

3. All I Want Is A Spoonful

4. Match Box Blues

6. Southern Rag

7. What's The Matter Blues

8. Stack O' Lee Blues

9. Pine Top's Boogie Woogie

10. Indiana Avenue Stomp

12. Shake It And Break It (But Don't Let It Fall Mama)

14. Blue Goose Blues

15. The Dirty Dozen

17. P**sy Cat Blues

18. Searching The Desert For The Blues

19. Cows, See That Train Comin'

20. West Dallas Drag

21. Ramblin With That Woman

22. W.P.A. Blues

Disc 2

1. Terraplane Blues

2. Ice Pick Mama

3. Gamblin' Jinx Blues

5. Good Boy

6. Alley Boogie

7. Meat Shakin' Woman

9. Special Agent (Railroad Police Blues)

10. Roll 'Em Pete

11. Jersey Belle Blues

12. Brown Skin Girl

13. Beer Drinking Woman

14. Me And My Chauffeur Blues

16. Dive Bomber

18. Kid Man Blues

20. You're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Dead And Gone)

22. 3 O'Clock Blues

23. Dust My Broom

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Track List: Blues Classics

Disc 1
Disc 2

5. Let The Good Times Roll

6. I Can't Be Satisfied

11. Long Distance Call

16. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man

23. Smokestack Lightnin'

27. First Time I Met The Blues (1960 Single Version)

Disc 3

4. The Red Rooster

5. I Ain't Superstitious (1961 Single Version)

8. Frosty (1962 Single Version)

15. Don't Answer The Door

17. Tell Mama

18. I'd Rather Go Blind

19. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss

20. The Thrill Is Gone

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