Pine Top Smith

Pianist, singer and comedian Pine Top Smith was known for his boogie-woogie-style blues piano playing and talking blues performances. Born in Alabama as Clarence Smith in 1904, Pine Top lived a brief life. He was killed at age 24 in a dance hall shooting in Chicago. He was a contemporary of Meade “Lux” Lewis. His hit, “Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie” was recorded by Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra (for whom it sold over 5 million copies), Bing Crosby, Count Basie and Ray Charles, among others. The name of the boogie-woogie style comes from Pine Top’s song. See Wikipedia and Pittsburgh Music History for more details.

The Recordings

Jump Steady Blues

 record label Group: Pine Top Smith
Label: Brunswick Matrix Number: Brunswick (80009)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: January 15, 1929
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Reissue of the original 1929 recording on Vocalion(1298).

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I'm Sober Now

 record label Group: Pine Top Smith
Label: Brunswick Matrix Number: Brunswick (80009)
Record Type: Double sided 10 inch 78 RPM
Date Recorded: January 15, 1929
Listen:
Notes:

Re-issue of the original 1929 recording on Vocalion(1266).

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