Clarence Smith (June 11, 1904 – March 15, 1929), better known as Pinetop Smith or Pine Top Smith, was an American boogie-woogie style blues pianist. His hit tune “Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie” featured rhythmic “breaks” that were an essential ingredient of ragtime music, but also a fundamental foreshadowing of rock & roll. The song was also the first known use of the term “boogie woogie” on a record, and cemented that term as the moniker for the genre.
Also Known As
"Pine Top" or "Pinetop" Smith
Ma Rainey Albert Ammons Meade Lux Lewis Cow Cow Davenport
c. 1920 1929
United States of America