Pinetop Smith

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Pinetop Smith
Birth nameClarence Smith
Also known as"Pine Top" or "Pinetop" Smith
Born(1904-06-11)June 11, 1904
Troy, Alabama, United States
DiedMarch 15, 1929(1929-03-15) (aged 24)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
GenresBoogie-woogie, blues
Occupation(s)Pianist, vocalist, comedian
Years activec. 1920–1929
Associated actsMa Rainey
Albert Ammons
Meade Lux Lewis

Clarence Smith, better known as Pinetop Smith or Pine Top Smith[1] (June 11, 1904 – March 15, 1929) was an American boogie-woogie style blues pianist. His hit tune, "Pine Top's Boogie Woogie," featured rhythmic "breaks" that were an essential ingredient of ragtime music.[2]

In 1991, he was added to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.[3]

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  1. "Clarence Pinetop Smith". Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  2. Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 165. ISBN 1-904041-96-5.
  3. "Inductees". Archived from the original on November 18, 2018. Retrieved December 19, 2011.

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