Huey Piano Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues John Wirt

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Published: March 10th 2014

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312 pages


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Huey Piano Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues  by  John Wirt

Huey Piano Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues by John Wirt
March 10th 2014 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 312 pages | ISBN: | 6.43 Mb

Huey Piano Smiths musical legacy stands alongside that of fellow New Orleans legends Dr. John, Fats Domino, Ernie K-Doe, and Allen Toussaint. His 1957 classic, Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu, made Billboards top R&B singlesMoreHuey Piano Smiths musical legacy stands alongside that of fellow New Orleans legends Dr. John, Fats Domino, Ernie K-Doe, and Allen Toussaint. His 1957 classic, Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu, made Billboards top R&B singles chart, and hundreds of artists including Aerosmith, the Grateful Dead, the Beach Boys, Johnny Rivers, and Chubby Checker have recorded his songs.The first biography of the artist responsible for hits Dont You Just Know It, High Blood Pressure, and Sea Cruise, Huey Piano Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues follows the musicians extraordinary life from his Depression-era childhood to his teen years as a pianist for blues star Guitar Slim to his mainstream success in the 1950s and 60s.

Drawing from extensive interviews and court records, author and journalist John Wirt also provides new insights on Smiths professional disappointments and financial struggles in the 1980s and 90s as he battled over royalties from his most successful and profitable work.An enigmatic and guarded personality in a profession of extroverted performers, Smith made farreaching contributions to the New Orleans music scene as a songwriter, pianist, and producer.

Wirt reveals that Smiths numerous collaborations with other artists -- including the Clowns, the Pitter Pats, the Hueys, and Shindig Smith and the Soul Shakers -- served as vehicles for his creative vision rather than simply as an anonymous backup for a leading front man.Throughout this intimate account, Wirt details Smiths significant impact on rock and roll history and underscores both the longevity of his music -- which has entertained and inspired for over five decades -- and the musicians personal endurance in the face of hardship and opposition.



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