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Rock All. Studio Equipment. Techno All. Techno Hard Techno. Deep House. DJ Equipment. Drum And Bass. UK Garage. DJ equipment. Vinyl DJ accessories. Digital DJ accessories. Smith wrote his first song "Robertson Street Boogie", named after the street where he lived, on the piano, when he was eight years old.
He performed the tune with a friend, with the two billing themselves as Slick and Dark. When Smith was fifteen, he began working in clubs and recording with his flamboyant partner , Eddie Jones, who rose to fame as Guitar Slim. In Smith recorded with Earl King. In , Smith became the piano player with Little Richard 's first band in sessions for Specialty Records.
Of course he had the right cats doing it, but he had that instinct for getting it. And with Dave Dixon and Izzycoo Gordon singing on it, man, he couldn't get no better. In , he formed a band, Huey "Piano" Smith and His Clowns, with sometime vocalist Bobby Marchan ,  and signed a long-term contract with Ace Records , represented by former Specialty record producer Johnny Vincent.
Not caring for the sound of his own voice, Huey instructed Williams to move closer to the microphone. The record sold over one million copies, achieving gold disc status. Williams left the Clowns in and formed the Tick Tocks. One night in March , he was stabbed trying to stop a fight in front of a club on Dryades Street.
His death was a big blow, not only because he was a well-known musician but also because he was the Big Chief of the Mo Hawk sic Hunters and a friend of our uncle, Big Chief Jolly, who was chief of his Mardi Gras Indian tribe.
It was named after his tribe and featured Mardi Gras Indian call-and-response chants. That's the first time we recorded Cyril's "Brother John. They're set to a song with an African rhythm that was popular with every Mardi Gras Indian tribe then.
This song is sometimes confused with the similarly titled single "Chickie Wah Wah", by Bobby Marchan, which has entirely different lyrics, tempo, chord structure and melody; the Vincent-Smith composition is built around the melody of the old black children's play song "Little Sally Walker.
In , Ace Records removed Smith's vocal track from the original recording of his song " Sea Cruise " and replaced it with a vocal track by singer Frankie Ford. Ace's decision to release the song with the Ford vocal and to not release Smith's original version meant that Smith was unable to fully benefit from his own work, and the move by Ace is considered by music historians to be an example of racial injustice in the s pop-music industry.
Smith left Ace Records for Imperial Records , to record with Fats Domino 's noted producer and fellow Louisianan Dave Bartholomew , but the national hits did not follow. He was 42 years old. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Huey "Piano" Smith. Blues - A Regional Experience. Santa Barbara: Praeger Publishers. ISBN The Book of Golden Discs 2nd ed.