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Willie Smith

William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholf Smith (November 23, 1893 – April 18, 1973), also known as "The Lion", was an American jazz pianist and one of the masters of the stride style, usually grouped with James P. Johnson and Thomas "Fats" Waller as the three greatest practitioners of the genre in its golden age, from about 1920 to 1943.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 25, 1897 (Goshen), Died April 18, 1973 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929 - 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, composer, vocalist, celeste, songwriter

Notes: Also known as Willie-the Lion Smith.

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 105 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-99776 10-in. 3/12/1936 I'se a-muggin' Mezz Mezzrow Swing Band ; Willie Smith Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble vocalist  
Victor BS-99777 10-in. 3/12/1936 I'se a-muggin' Mezz Mezzrow Swing Band ; Willie Smith Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal ensemble vocalist  
Victor BS-011359 10-in. 7/21/1937 Passionette Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-011360 10-in. 7/21/1937 Morning air Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-011361 10-in. 7/21/1937 Canadian capers Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-011362 10-in. 7/21/1937 The morning after Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-011363 10-in. 7/21/1937 Once in a while Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet composer  
Victor BS-024035 10-in. 7/15/1938 Curfew time in Harlem Scat Powell ; Willie Farmer Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-061255 10-in. 5/20/1941 Sweeter than the sweetest Glenn Miller Orchestra ; Paula Kelly ; Modernaires Jazz/dance, with female vocal solo and male vocal quartet composer  
Victor BS-067791 10-in. 9/13/1941 I'm coming, Virginia Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-067792 10-in. 9/13/1941 Limehouse blues New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-067793 10-in. 9/13/1941 Georgia cabin Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-067794 10-in. 9/13/1941 Texas moaner New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-068114 10-in. 10/24/1941 Rose room Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-068115 10-in. 10/24/1941 Oh! Lady be good! Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Victor BS-068116 10-in. 10/24/1941 What is this thing called love Sidney Bechet ; New Orleans Feetwarmers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W149638 10-in. 1/3/1930 For my baby The Seven Gallon Jug Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W149639 10-in. 1/3/1930 What makes me love you so? The Seven Gallon Jug Band Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W149690 10-in. 12/6/1929 Wipe 'em off The Seven Gallon Jug Band Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo(s) instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W149691 10-in. 12/6/1929 What if I do The Seven Gallon Jug Band Instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W152463 10-in. 8/7/1933 The shim sham shimmy dance Lowland Singers ; Williams' Jug Band Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and vocal ensemble instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W152464 10-in. 8/7/1933 Organ grinder Williams' Jug Band Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal trio instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W152465 10-in. 8/7/1933 Chizzlin' Sam Williams' Jug Band Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal duet instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W152466 10-in. 8/7/1933 High society Lowland Singers ; Williams' Jug Band Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, piano  
Columbia W152467 10-in. 8/7/1933 Mister, will you serenade? Williams' Jug Band Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet instrumentalist, piano  
(Results 1-25 of 105 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Smith, Willie," accessed July 3, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102109.

Smith, Willie. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 3, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102109.

"Smith, Willie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 3 July 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102109

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