Meade Lux Lewis (p), acc. by unknown Orchestra.
Dir: Josef Berne.
MEADE "LUX" LEWIS
One of the giants of the boogie woogie piano style, Meade Anderson Lewis was born in Chicago in 1905, and his simple nickname was derived from the grander "Duke Of Luxembourg"; a name with which he was teased as a child. He recorded his famous "Honky Tonk Train Blues" for the legendary Paramount label in 1927, reprising it eight years later when he was rewarded with a hit. By the late 1930s, following Hammond's successful "From Spirituals To Swing" concerts, Lewis was teamed with kindred spirits Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson as the Boogie Woogie Trio (often accompanying blues shouter Joe Turner). In 1944, Soundies released some blistering boogie woogie performances by Lux, two of which featured the voice of Turner - though not the face, as his role on screen was unfathomably usurped by comedian Dudley Dickerson. Lewis' long recording career lasted until 1961, and the man they called "Lux" died in a car crash in Minneapolis three years later.