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Pine Top Smith (1904-1929)
Pinetop Smith (1904-1929)Clarence “Pine Top” Smith (June 11, 1904 – March 15, 1929) was one of the earliest pianists to recorded a boogie-woogie” piano solo. His 1928 tune “Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie” was the first recording to be labeled as such and and had a great deal of influence on all future pieces in that style. Pine Top toured the minstrel and TOBA vaudeville circuits throughout the 1920s performing with Mamie Smith and Butter Beans and Susie and other vaudeville acts. He was also a frequent solo performer at rent parties, taverns and whorehouses. Smith was accidently shot to death at a dance in Chicago in 1929.

Pinetop Smith (1904-1929)

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Big Boy They Can’t Do That
(Clarence “Pine Top” Smith)
1-15-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1256
I Got More Sense Than That 1-14-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1266
I’m Sober Now
(Clarence “Pine Top” Smith)
1-14-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1266
Brunswick
80009 B
Jump Steady Blues (a)
(Clarence “Pine Top” Smith)
1-15-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1298
Jump Steady Blues (b)
(Clarence “Pine Top” Smith)
1-15-1929 Chicago, Illinois Brunswick
80009 A
Nobody Knows When Your Down And Out
(Clarence “Pine Top” Smith)
1-15-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1256
Now I Ain’t Got Nothin’ At All 1-15-1929 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1298
Pine Top Blues (a)
(Clarence “Pine Top” Smith)
12-29-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1245
Pine Top Blues (b)
(Clarence “Pine Top” Smith)
12-29-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1245
Brunswick
80009 A
Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie (a)
(Clarence “Pine Top” Smith)
12-29-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1245
Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie (b)
(Clarence “Pine Top” Smith)
12-29-1928 Chicago, Illinois Vocalion
1245

 

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