Chanteur Rhythm 'n' Blues US né Overton Amos Lemons le 5 Juillet 1913 à DeQuincy (Louisiane). Smiley Lewis a débuté en 1947 et a acquis une réputation nationale en 1955 grâce à "I Hear You Knockin'". Par la suite il ne parviendra plus à revenir à ce niveau. Smiley Lewis est décédé le 7 Octobre 1966 à New Orleans (Louisiane)

Dave Bartholomew has often been quoted to the effect that Smiley Lewis was a "bad luck singer," because he never sold more than 100,000 copies of his Imperial singles. In retrospect, Lewis was a lucky man in many respects -- he enjoyed stellar support from New Orleans' ace sessioneers at Cosimo's, benefited from top-flight material and production (by Bartholomew), and left behind a legacy of marvelous Crescent City R&B.
Born with the unwieldy handle of Overton Lemons, Lewis hit the Big Easy in his mid-teens, armed with a big, booming voice and some guitar skills. He played clubs in the French Quarter, often with pianist Tuts Washington (and sometimes billed as "Smiling" Lewis). By 1947, his following was strong enough to merit a session for DeLuxe Records, which issued his debut 78, "Here Comes Smiley." Nothing happened with that platter, but when Lewis signed with Imperial in 1950 (debuting with "Tee-Nah-Nah") things began to move.
As the New Orleans R&B sound developed rapidly during the early '50s, so did Lewis, as he rocked ever harder on "Lillie Mae," "Ain't Gonna Do It," and "Big Mamou." He scored his first national hit in 1952 with "The Bells Are Ringing," but enjoyed his biggest sales in 1955 with the exultant "I Hear You Knocking" (its immortal piano solo courtesy of Huey Smith). Here's where that alleged bad luck rears its head -- pop chanteuse Gale Storm swiped his thunder for any pop crossover possibilities with her ludicrous whitewashed cover of the plaintive ballad.
But Storm wouldn't dare come near its roaring flip, the Joe Turner-ish rocker "Bumpity Bump," or some of Smiley Lewis' other classic mid-'50s jumpers ("Down the Road," "Lost Weekend," "Real Gone Lover," "She's Got Me Hook, Line and Sinker," "Rootin' and Tootin'"). In front of the Crescent City's hottest players (saxists Lee Allen, Clarence Hall, and Herb Hardesty usually worked his dates), Lewis roared like a lion.
Strangely, Fats Domino fared better with some of Smiley Lewis' tunes than Lewis did ("Blue Monday" in particular). Similarly, Elvis Presley cleaned up the naughty "One Night" and hit big with it, but Lewis' original had already done well in 1956 (as had his melodic "Please Listen to Me"). His blistering "Shame, Shame, Shame" found its way onto the soundtrack of the steamy Hollywood potboiler Baby Doll in 1957, but failed to find entry to the R&B charts.
After a long and at least semi-profitable run at Imperial, Lewis moved over to OKeh in 1961 for one single, stopped at Dot in 1964 just long enough to make a solitary 45 (produced by Nashville deejay Bill "Hoss" Allen), and bowed out with an Allen Toussaint-produced remake of "The Bells Are Ringing" for Loma in 1965. By then, stomach cancer was eating the once-stout singer up. He died in the autumn of 1966, all but forgotten outside his New Orleans home base.
The ensuing decades have rectified that miscarriage of justice, however. Smiley Lewis' place as one of the greatest New Orleans R&B artists of the '50s is certainly assured.

Talents : Vocals, Guitar

Style musical : Rhythm 'n' Blues, Rock 'n' Roll

BLUE MONDAY (1954)

I HEAR YOU KNOCKIN' (1955)

ONE NIGHT (1956)

DOWN YONDER WE GO BALLIN' (1956)

SHAME SHAME SHAME (1956)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t. & Singles

1949 78 t. IMPERIAL 5067 (US) . Smiley Lewis & His Sextet - Low Down / Tee Nah Nah
1949 SP IMPERIAL 45-5067 (US) . Low Down / Tee Nah Nah
1950 78 t. IMPERIAL 5072 (US) . Slide Me Down / Growing Old
1950 SP IMPERIAL 45-5072 (US) . Slide Me Down / Growing Old
1950 78 t. IMPERIAL 5102 (US) . Dirty People / If You Ever Loved A Woman
1950 SP IMPERIAL 45-5102 (US) . Dirty People / If You Ever Loved A Woman
1951 78 t. IMPERIAL 5124 (US) . My Baby Was Right / Bee's Boogie
1951 SP IMPERIAL 45-5124 (US) . My Baby Was Right / Bee's Boogie
1952 78 t. IMPERIAL 5194 (US) . The Bells are Ringing / Lillie Mae
1952 SP IMPERIAL 45-5194 (US) . The Bells are Ringing / Lillie Mae
1952 78 t. IMPERIAL 5208 (US) . Gumbo Blues / It's So Peaceful In The Country
1952 SP IMPERIAL 45-5208 (US) . Gumbo Blues / It's So Peaceful In The Country
1953 78 t. IMPERIAL 5224 (US) . Gypsy Blues / You're Not The One
1953 SP IMPERIAL 45-5224 (US) . Gypsy Blues / You're Not The One
1953 78 t. IMPERIAL 5234 (US) . Playgirl / Big Mamou
1953 SP IMPERIAL 45-5234 (US) . Playgirl / Big Mamou
1953 78 t. IMPERIAL 5241 (US) . Caledonia's Party / Oh Baby
1953 SP IMPERIAL 45-5241 (US) . Caledonia's Party / Oh Baby
1953 78 t. IMPERIAL 5252 (US) . Little Fernandez / It's Music
1953 SP IMPERIAL 45-5252 (US) . Little Fernandez / It's Music
01/1954 78 t. IMPERIAL 5268 (US) . Blue Monday / Down The Road
01/1954 SP IMPERIAL 45-5268 (US) . Blue Monday / Down The Road
1954 78 t. IMPERIAL 5279 (US) . The Rocks / Sentimental Reasons
1954 SP IMPERIAL 45-5279 (US) . The Rocks / Sentimental Reasons
1954 78 t. IMPERIAL 5296 (US) . Can't Stop Loving You / That Certain Door
1954 SP IMPERIAL 45-5296 (US) . Can't Stop Loving You / That Certain Door
10/1954 78 t. IMPERIAL 5316 (US) . Too Many Drivers / Ooh La La
10/1954 SP IMPERIAL X5316 (US) . Too Many Drivers / Ooh La La
01/1955 78 t. IMPERIAL 5325 (US) . Jailbird / Farewell
01/1955 SP IMPERIAL X5325 (US) . Jailbird / Farewell
1955 78 t. IMPERIAL 5331 (US) . Lil Liza Jane / ?
1955 SP IMPERIAL X5331 (US) . Lil Liza Jane / ?
05/1955 78 t. IMPERIAL 5349 (US) . Real Gone Lover / Nobody Knows
05/1955 SP IMPERIAL X5349 (US) . Real Gone Lover / Nobody Knows
07/1955 78 t. IMPERIAL 5356 (US) . I Hear You Knockin' / Bumpity Bump
07/1955 SP IMPERIAL X5356 (US) . I Hear You Knockin' / Bumpity Bump
12/1955 78 t. IMPERIAL 5372 (US) . Come On / Queen Of Hearts
12/1955 SP IMPERIAL X5372 (US) . Come On / Queen Of Hearts
02/1956 78 t. IMPERIAL 5380 (US) . One Night / Ain't Gonna Do It
02/1956 SP IMPERIAL X5380 (US) . One Night / Ain't Gonna Do It
04/1956 78 t. IMPERIAL 5389 (US) . She's Got Me Hook Line And Sinker / Please Listen To Me
04/1956 SP IMPERIAL X5389 (US) . She's Got Me Hook Line And Sinker / Please Listen To Me
08/1956 78 t. IMPERIAL 5404 (US) . Down Yonder We Go Ballin' / Someday You'll Want Me
08/1956 SP IMPERIAL X5404 (US) . Down Yonder We Go Ballin' / Someday You'll Want Me
11/1956 78 t. IMPERIAL 5418 (US) . Shame Shame Shame / No No
11/1956 SP IMPERIAL X5418 (US) . Shame Shame Shame / No No
03/1957 78 t. IMPERIAL 5431 (US) . You Are My Sunshine / Sweeter Words Have Never Been Spoken
03/1957 SP IMPERIAL X5431 (US) . You Are My Sunshine / Sweeter Words Have Never Been Spoken
07/1957 78 t. IMPERIAL 5450 (US) . Go On Fool / Goin' To Jump And Shout
07/1957 SP IMPERIAL X5450 (US) . Go On Fool / Goin' To Jump And Shout
1957 78 t. IMPERIAL 5470 (US) . Rootin' And Tootin' / I Can't Believe
1957 SP IMPERIAL X5470 (US) . Rootin' And Tootin' / I Can't Believe
11/1957 78 t. IMPERIAL 5478 (US) . Bad Luck Blues / School Days Are Back Again
11/1957 SP IMPERIAL X5478 (US) . Bad Luck Blues / School Days Are Back Again
1958 78 t. IMPERIAL 5531(US) . Lil' Liza Jane / My Love is Gone
07/1958 SP IMPERIAL X5531 (US) . Lil' Liza Jane / My Love is Gone
1959 SP KNIGHT X2011 (US) . By The Water / Lost Week End
04/1960 SP IMPERIAL X5662 (US) . Oh Red! / I Want To Be With Her
07/1960 SP IMPERIAL X5676 (US) . Last Night / Ain't Goin' There No More
01/1961 SP IMPERIAL X5719 (US) . Stormy Monday Blues / Tell Me Who
03/1962 SP IMPERIAL X5820 (US) . Gumbo Blues / Tee Nah Nah
03/1962 SP OKEH 4-7146 (US) . Tore Up / I´m Coming Down With The Blues
1964 SP DOT 45-16674 (US) . I Wonder / Lookin' For My Woman
12/1965 SP LOMA 2024 (US) . The Smiley Lewis Band - The Bells Are Ringing / Walkin´ The Girl
1966 SP WARNER BROS. 103 (F) . Walkin' The Girl / ?
1970 SP LIBERTY 5C 006-92195 (NL) I Hear You Knockin' / One Night
19?? SP GIGI 561 (US) . I Hear You Knockin' / Bumpity Bump






Albums

1956 LP 12" IMPERIAL LP 9141 (US) I Hear You Knocking - The Bells Are Ringing / Standing On The Corner / Blue Monday / Down The Road / Last Week / Real Gone Lover / Bumpity Bump / I Hear You Knocking / I Can't Believe It / Hey Girl / One Night / Nothing But The Blues
1970 LP 12" LIBERTY LBS 83308 (US) Shame Shame Shame - Shame Shame Shame / No No / Queen Of Hearts / Gypsy Blues / Lillie Mae / That Certain Door / Playgirl / One Night / I Hear You Knocking / Bumpity Bump / Caldonia's Party / Big Mamou / If You Ever Loved A Woman / Real Gone Lover / Dirty People / Down The Road
1978 LP 12" UNITED ARTISTS UAS 30167 (US) THE SMILEY LEWIS STORY - I HEAR YOU KNOCKING - Down The Road / The Rocks / Real Gone Lover / Lost Weekend / Bumpity Bump / I Here You Knocking / Queen Of Hearts / Come On / Rootin’ And Tootin’ / One Night / Shame Shame Shame / Please Listen To Me / Down Yonder We Go Ballin’ / Go On Fool / Bad Luck Blues / Stormy Monday Blues
1978 LP 12" UNITED ARTISTS UA 30186 (US) The Smiley Lewis Story Vol. 1 - The Bells Are Ringing - My Baby Was Right / Growing Old / Lowdown / Where Were You / Dirty People / Sad Life / Bee's Boogie / The Bells Are Ringing / Gumbo Blues / Ain't Gonna Do It / You're Not The One / Big Mamou / Caldonia's Party / Oh Baby / Playgirl / Blue Monday
1984 LP 12" K.C. K.C. 102 (UK) Hook Line And Sinker - Lillie Mae / Gypsy Blues / My Baby Was Right (alt.) / That Certain Door / It's Music / Jailbird / Nobody Knows / Oh Red / Can't Stop Lovin' You / No No / Hook Line & Sinker / If You Ever Used A Woman / Standing On The Corner / It's So Peaceful / Slide Me Down (alt.) / Don't Jive Me
1984 LP 12" K.C. K.C. 103 (UK) Caldonia's Party - My Baby Was Right / Growing Old / Lowdown / Where Were You / Dirty People / Sad Life / Bee's Boogie / The Bells Are Ringing / Gumbo Blues / Ain't Gonna Do It / You're Not The One / Big Mamou / Caldonia's Party / Oh Baby / Play Girl / Blue Monday
1984 LP 12" K.C. K.C. 104 (UK) Down Yonder - Down The Road / The Rocks / Real Gone Lover / Lost Weekend / Bumpity Bump / I Hear You Knocking / Queen Of Hearts / Come On / Rootin' And Tootin' / One Night / Shame, Shame, Shame / Please Listen To Me / Down Yonder We Go Ballin' / Go On Fool / Bad Luck Blues / Stormy Monday Blues
1984 LP 12" Pathé Marconi EMI ‎1561391  (F) Ooh La La - How Long / Ooh La La / Goin' To Jump And Shout / Schooldays Are Back Again / Ain't Goin' There No More / Last Night / I Want To Be With Her / Tee-Nah-Nah / You're Gonna Miss Me / Lonesome Highway / I Love You For Sentimental Reasons / Lying Woman / No Letter Today / Mama Don't Like
1986 LP 12" IMPERIAL ‎1566321 (F) No No - My Baby Was Right / Can't Stop Loving You / Farewell / I Can't Believe It / Hey Girl / Nothing But The Blues / No No / Someday You'll Want Me / When Did You Leave Heaven / I Wake Up Screaming / Crazy / Tell Me Who / These Bones / Goin' Down The Road
1986 LP 12" EMI AMERICA SQ 17236 (UK) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING - I Hear You Knocking / One Night / Down The Road / Shame, Shame, Shame / She's Got Me Hook / Tee Nah-Nah / Down Yonder / Big Mamou / Caldonia's Party / The Bells Are Ringing / Someday / Jailbird / Real Gone Lover / Little Fernandez
198? LP 12" JUGOTON GP-5000 (YOU) Lonesome Road Blues - Lowdown / My Baby / Sad Life / Lonesome Road Blues / Mistreatin' Baby / Be Good To Me, Mama / Queen Of Hearts / No, No / Shame, Shame, Shame / Stormy Monday / If You Ever Loved A Woman / Dirty People / Little Mae / Caldonia's Party / Big Mamou / Play Girl / Down The Road / Real Gone Lover / Bumpty Bump / I Hear You Knockin'
1995 CD COLLECTABLES COL-5630 (US) The Best Of Smiley Lewis - I Hear You Knocking - Tee Nah Nah / Dirty People / Bee's Boogie / The Bells Are Ringing / Lillie Mae / Gumbo Blues / Ain't Gonna Do It / Caldonia's Party / Big Mamou / Down The Road / Blue Monday / Jailbird / Real Gone Lover / I Hear You Knocking / Bumpity Bump / Queen Of Hearts / Come On / Nothing But The Blues / One Night / She's Got Me Hook, Line & Sinker / Please Listen To Me / Rootin' And Tootin' / Down Yonder (We Go Ballin') / Shame, Shame, Shame
03/2004 CD Proper 2039 (UK) A Proper Introduction to Smiley Lewis - Gumbo Blues - Tee-Nah-Nah / Lowdown / Slide Me Down / Growing Old / If You Ever Loved A Woman / Dirty People / Where Were You / My Baby / Sad Life / Bee's Boogie / Don't Jive Me / My Baby Was Right / The Bells Are Ringing / Lillie Mae / Gypsy Blues / You're Not The One / Gumbo Blues / It's So Peaceful / Caldonia's Party / Oh Baby / Big Mamou / Playgirl / Little Fernandez / It's Magic
02/2006 CD Classics CLASSICS 5166 (US) THE CHRONOLOGICAL SMILEY LEWIS 1947-1952 - Turn On Your Volume Baby / Here Comes Smiley / Tee Nah Nah / Low Down / Slide Me Down / Growing Old / If You Ever Loved A Woman / Dirty People / Where Were You / My Baby / Sad Life / Bee's Boogie / Don't Jive Me / My Baby Was Right / The Bells Are Ringin' / Lillie Mae / You're Gonna Miss Me / Gypsy Blues / You're Not The One / Gumbo Blues / Ain't Gonna Do It / It's So Peaceful
09/2007 CD Rev-Ola CRBAND 24 (UK) Mama Don't Like It! 1950-1956 - Shame, Shame, Shame / I Hear You Knocking / The Bells Are Ringing / One Night / Please Listen To Me / Tee Nah Nah / Growind Old / Dirty People / Bee's Boogie / Lillie Mae / My Baby Was Right / Gumbo Blues / I Ain't Gonna Do It / Caldonia's Party / Big Mamou / Playgirl / Lying Woman / Blue Monday / Down The Road / Can't Stop Loving You / Ooh La La / Jailbird / Real Gone Lover / Bumpity Bump / I Can't Believe It / Queen Of Hearts / Nothing But The Blues / She's Got Me Hook, Line And Sinker / Rootin' And Tootin' / Down Yonder We Go Ballin' / No Letter Today / Mama Don't Like It / Shame, Shame, Shame
03/2010 CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 16676 (GER) ROCKS - Shame, Shame, Shame / Big Mamou / Ain't Gonna Do It / Down The Road / The Bells Are Ringing / Can't Stop Loving You / Ooh La La / My Baby Was Right / Blue Monday / Dirty People / Jailbird / Where Were You / Real Gone Lover / Bumpity Bump / I Hear You Knocking / Sad Life / Come On / Bee's Boogie / Queen Of Hearts / Lillie Mae / One Night / Caldonia's Party / Nothing But The Blues / She's Got Me Hook, Line & Sinker / Rootin' And Tootin' / Please Listen To Me / Down Yonder We Go Ballin' / No Letter Today / Mama Don't Like / Play Girl / Go On Fool / Goin' To Jump And Shout / Bad Luck Blues / School Days Are Back Again / Lil Liza Jane / Shame, Shame, Shame!

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