Article successfully added.

Smiley Lewis I Hear You Knocking (180g Vinyl)

I Hear You Knocking (180g Vinyl)
This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!
Please inform me as soon as the product is available again.

  • PPALP8141
  • 0.27
(PURE PLEASURE) High Quality re-issue of his genius 1956 Imperial LP more

Smiley Lewis: I Hear You Knocking (180g Vinyl)

(PURE PLEASURE) High Quality re-issue of his genius 1956 Imperial LP

Article properties: Smiley Lewis: I Hear You Knocking (180g Vinyl)

  • Interpret: Smiley Lewis

  • Album titlle: I Hear You Knocking (180g Vinyl)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl Size LP (12 Inch)
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Vinyl weight 180g Vinyl
  • Label PURE ANALOG

  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 4000127738875

  • weight in Kg 0.27
Lewis, Smiley - I Hear You Knocking (180g Vinyl) LP 1
01 The Bells Are Ringing
02 Standing On The Corner
03 Blue Monday
04 Down The Road
05 Lost Week End
06 Real Gone Lover
07 Bumpity Bump
08 I Hear You Knocking
09 I Can't Believe It
10 Hey Girl
11 One Night
12 Nothing But The Blues
Smiley Lewis For a guy sporting one of the jolliest stage names in all of New Orleans,... more
"Smiley Lewis"

Smiley Lewis

For a guy sporting one of the jolliest stage names in all of New Orleans, Smiley Lewis didn't have a whole lot to grin  about over the course of his prolific recording career, despite making some of the hottest rocking platters ever cut in the Crescent City under the savvy direction of Imperial Records A&R head Dave Bartholomew. As the vaunted Studio Band at Cosimo Matassa's recording facility melted the walls with their sizzling backing, Smiley roared with a full-throated gusto similar to that of blues shouter supreme Big Joe Turner, with whom he staged a few local onstage 'Battle of the Blues' promotions during the early '50s.

Despite his booming pipes, equally suited to belting jumping blues, blistering rockers, or sentimental ballads, Lewis somehow only managed to dent the R&B charts four times (at least Turner temporarily managed to cash in during rock and roll's primordial wave, even guesting in one of the era's first quickie rock flicks). Smiley's best hope of crossing over to the pop hit parade the way his labelmate Fats Domino did time and again was dashed when pop chanteuse Gale Storm blandly covered his R&B smash I Hear You Knocking in the fall of 1955 for Dot Records, a company that made a habit of such sanitized travesties. Poor Smiley's vastly superior original, anchored by Huey Smith's splendid in-the-cracks piano, never stood a chance.

"Smiley, he was a very nice guy, and a beautiful, big, big voice," said Bartholomew. "But Smiley, I don't know, it looked like he was bad luck. Because other people would pick up his tunes after he recorded 'em and made million-sellers out of 'em. Smiley just could only get maybe 2 or 300,000 out of each record. So as a result, he was pretty big in certain parts of the country. He was very big in the South, and around New York he would sell some, you know. But he wasn't a constant seller. I just couldn't-–I could never understand Smiley. A very good artist."

I Hear You Knocking wasn't the only time that a song Smiley had introduced on Imperial was borrowed by another artist who fared considerably better with it. Bartholomew was also Domino's Imperial producer and songwriting partner, and he recycled several songs he'd originally given Lewis with the Fat Man, the results usually proving far more lucrative for everyone concerned except Smiley. Elvis Presley was similarly aware of the value of the Lewis songbook. He took Smiley's lusty 1956 R&B hit One Night, where he longed for "one night of sin," and toned the lyrics down into a "one night with you" scenario that proved a '58 pop smash.

"Smiley was the hard-luck guy of the studio, you know? Even when he had recordings that got done, other people covered them and had better financial success with them," said Matassa. "It was kind of rough in that sense. It was a case that (the teenagers) didn't hear the other one." There was a silver lining: the publishing royalties accrued to Bartholomew either way. "The white guys were getting the airplay," noted Cosimo. "So, bad as it was, it was pretty good."

According to Social Security records, Overton Amos Lemons was born July 5, 1918 (his death certificate listed his birth year as 1920; 1913 was cited in Bear Family's four-CD Lewis boxed set 'Shame, Shame, Shame') in DeQuincy, Louisiana. Located 22 miles from Lake Charles, where Eddie Shuler's Goldband label issued a slew of seminal bayou blues and Cajun platters, DeQuincy sits near the Texas border, approximately 140 miles from Houston.

Overton spent at least part of his youth in a town called West Lake, another neighbor of Lake Charles. But sometime in his mid-teens, his second wife Dorothy Ester Lemons told interviewer Rick Coleman in the liner notes to 'Shame, Shame, Shame,' the lad hopped aboard a freight train passing through town with some of his pals. The others soon leaped off but Overton stayed on, riding the rails all the way to New Orleans and remaining there. A white family reportedly took the teenager in and raised him. During the '30s, he grew polished enough on guitar and vocals to link up with trumpeter Thomas Jefferson's band, whose members also included pianist Isidore 'Tuts' Washington, Jr.

Born January 24, 1907 in New Orleans, Washington started out playing with Dixieland bands in his early teens. He developed quite a local reputation for his piano skills long before laying eyes on Lemons. Jefferson's aggregation played classy local nightspots including the Gypsy Tea Room and the Court of Two Sisters. The versatile young Lemons styled himself as a troubadour, strolling from table to table to serenade the patrons. His voice was so powerful that a microphone was quite unnecessary, and he could croon sweet ballads by the Ink Spots or Bing Crosby as convincingly as earthier fare, depending on the situation and the venue.

Overton married for the first time in late 1938. It's been suggested that he picked up the nickname of Smiley because he was lacking front teeth in his pre-fame days, though it was also noted that the short young singer smiled a lot. The Lewis sobriquet may have stemmed from the white family that unofficially adopted him, but that remains unclear. He was a hard worker in those days, driving trucks or shoeing horses when he wasn't performing on local bandstands. Tuts Washington convinced clarinetist Kid Ernest, his bandleader in 1942, to hire Lewis as the group's vocalist. After a couple of years with that aggregation, Smiley and Tuts put together their own trio with drummer Herman Seals, born December 29, 1921.

By August of 1947, 'Smiling' Lewis, as he was then billed, was popular enough locally to headline Frank Painia's famous Dew Drop Inn on LaSalle Street, where all the visiting R&B stars came by to party after finishing their own shows, along with Bartholomew's orchestra. Notably, his repertoire was studded with Joe Turner hits of the time. Brothers David and Jules Braun of Linden, New Jersey-based DeLuxe Records had begun venturing down to the Crescent City at the beginning of '47 to record budding local talent. They were basically the first indie label men to hit town and tap into its incredible talent pool, and DeLuxe hit the jackpot with pianist Paul Gayten's torchy treatment of Since I Fell For You with Annie Laurie his vocalist and Roy Brown's original Good Rockin' Tonight.

Smiley Lewis Smiley Lewis - Rocks
Read more at: https://www.bear-family.com/lewis-smiley-smiley-lewis-rocks.html
Copyright © Bear Family Records

Review 0
Read, write and discuss reviews... more
Customer evaluation for "I Hear You Knocking (180g Vinyl)"
Write an evaluation
Evaluations will be activated after verification.
Please enter the digits and letters in the following text field.

The fields marked with * are required.

Weitere Artikel von Smiley Lewis
Shame, Shame, Shame  (4-CD) Smiley Lewis: Shame, Shame, Shame (4-CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15745

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

$89.81 * $67.36 *
Smiley Lewis - Rocks (CD) Smiley Lewis: Smiley Lewis - Rocks (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD16676

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

$19.04 * $13.44 *
New Orleans Bounce - 30 Of His Best (CD) Smiley Lewis: New Orleans Bounce - 30 Of His Best (CD) Art-Nr.: CDNEX130

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

$67.34 * $44.89 *
New Orleans Gumbo (4-CD Box Japan) Smiley Lewis: New Orleans Gumbo (4-CD Box Japan) Art-Nr.: CDTOCP72892

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

$89.81 * $71.85 *
Caledonia's Party (LP) Smiley Lewis: Caledonia's Party (LP) Art-Nr.: LPKC103

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

$17.92 *
Richard Younger: Get A Shot Of...The Story Arthur Alexander: Richard Younger: Get A Shot Of...The Story Art-Nr.: 0001018

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

$28.08
Michael Streissgut:Pioneer Of Nashville Sound Eddy Arnold: Michael Streissgut:Pioneer Of Nashville Sound Art-Nr.: 0001029

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

$21.29
Abbi Hübner: Sein Leben Seine Musik Seine Sc Louis Armstrong: Abbi Hübner: Sein Leben Seine Musik Seine Sc Art-Nr.: 0001030

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

$27.86
Marc Boettcher: Legende einer Sängerin Alexandra: Marc Boettcher: Legende einer Sängerin Art-Nr.: 0001032

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

$33.64
As I Write A Letter The Beatles: As I Write A Letter Art-Nr.: 0002018

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

$16.85
Nothing Is Beatle Proof The Beatles: Nothing Is Beatle Proof Art-Nr.: 0002023

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

$50.55
D.Morton: A Black Star In Early Country Music BAILEY, Deford: D.Morton: A Black Star In Early Country Music Art-Nr.: 0002033

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

$33.64
The Biography - by John Collis (PB) Chuck Berry: The Biography - by John Collis (PB) Art-Nr.: BOOK02002

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

$56.11
Rock & Roll (LP, 180g Vinyl) Ruth Brown: Rock & Roll (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPMOV1699

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

$24.66
New Orleans Piano (LP, 180g Vinyl) Professor Longhair: New Orleans Piano (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPMOV1796

Item must be ordered

$28.03
Ice Pickin' (LP, 180g Vinyl) Albert Collins: Ice Pickin' (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPAL4713

Item must be ordered

$24.66
First Time I Met The Blues (LP 180g Vinyl) Buddy Guy: First Time I Met The Blues (LP 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LP6785444

Item must be ordered

$24.66
Howlin' Wolf (LP, 180g Vinyl) Howlin' Wolf: Howlin' Wolf (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPMOV1283

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

$33.64
Blues From The Gutter (180g vinyl) Champion Jack Dupree: Blues From The Gutter (180g vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPPPANSD8019

Item must be ordered

$33.64
Hit, Git And Split (180g - colored vinyl - limited) Young Jessie: Hit, Git And Split (180g - colored vinyl -... Art-Nr.: LPHIQ027

Item must be ordered

$24.66
I Got My Brand On You - 180g HD vinyl Muddy Waters: I Got My Brand On You - 180g HD vinyl Art-Nr.: LP771986

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

$22.41
Paul Butterfield Blues Band (LP) Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Paul Butterfield Blues Band (LP) Art-Nr.: SLP5095

Item must be ordered

$30.27
Green Onions (180g Edition) Booker T. & The MG's: Green Onions (180g Edition) Art-Nr.: SLP5079

Item must be ordered

$30.27
Born Under A Bad Sign (180g Vinyl) Albert King: Born Under A Bad Sign (180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: SLP5031

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

$30.27
Is The Blues (180g Vinyl) Otis Spann: Is The Blues (180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: CJS9001

Ready to ship today, delivery time** appr. 1-3 workdays

$33.64
Live At The Regal (180g) B.B. King: Live At The Regal (180g) Art-Nr.: 1116461

This article is deleted and can no longer be ordered!

$22.19
Viewed