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Albert Ammons: The Boogie-Woogie Pioneer

  • Albert Ammons is considered one of the founding fathers of the Boogie-Woogie style.

  • His music made a significant contribution to the development of blues and jazz.

  • Ammons was a gifted improviser and often inserted musical ideas spontaneously in his performances.

  • He was one of the first African-American musicians to be recorded on gramophone discs.

  • Ammons released numerous albums, including "Boogie Woogie Stomp," "Swanee River Boogie," and "Boss Boogie."


Albert Ammons was a pianist from the United States who was born in Chicago. His parents were pianists, and he began playing the piano at the age of 10. His interest in Boogie-Woogie stemmed from his friendship with Meade Lux Lewis and his father's interest in the style. In the early 1920s, Ammons worked as a taxi driver and met his childhood friend Meade Lux Lewis again. They soon began working together and attending club parties. Ammons formed his own band at the Club DeLisa in 1934 and performed there for the next two years. In 1936, he joined Albert Ammons' Rhythm Kings for Decca Records. In the 1940s, Ammons was part of the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and also played at the inauguration of President Harry S. Truman in 1949. In his later years, Ammons mainly played at the Beehive Club and Tailspin Club in Chicago. Ammons died at the age of 42 of natural causes.


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