Willie "The Lion" Smith

Real Name:
William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith
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American jazz pianist and composer.

Born: 23 November 1897 in Goshen, New York, USA.
Died: 18 April 1973 in New York City, New York, USA.

Willie was active since the early 1910s, best known for his 'Harlem Stride' playing style. The legend is that his nickname "The Lion" came from his bravery while serving as a heavy artillery gunner.
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LD 045, L.D. 045 Willie "The Lion" Smith - Willie Smith " The Lion " album art Willie "The Lion" Smith Willie Smith " The Lion "(10", Mono) Vogue, Vogue Records LD 045, L.D. 045 France 1950 Sell This Version
L.D. 008 Willie "The Lion" Smith - Reminiscing The Piano Greats album art Willie "The Lion" Smith Reminiscing The Piano Greats Vogue, Vogue Productions L.D. 008 France 1951 Sell This Version
H-APB 1017 Willie "The Lion" Smith - The Lion Steps Out album art Willie "The Lion" Smith, Myra Johnson (2) Willie "The Lion" Smith, Myra Johnson (2) - The Lion Steps Out(10", Album, Mono) London Records H-APB 1017 UK 1953 Sell This Version
1500 33 Willie "The Lion" Smith - Plays Musical Compositions By James P Johnson album art Willie "The Lion" Smith Plays Musical Compositions By James P Johnson(10") Blue Circle Records (2) 1500 33 US 1953 Sell This Version
UJ 1209 Willie "The Lion" Smith - Mood In Blue album art Coleman Hawkins, Ernie Royal, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Jack Teagarden, Lucky Thompson Coleman Hawkins, Ernie Royal, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Jack Teagarden, Lucky Thompson - Mood In Blue(LP) Urania Records (3) UJ 1209 US 1955 Sell This Version
UJ-1207, UJLP 1207 Willie "The Lion" Smith - Accent On Piano album art Willie The Lion Smith* Accent On Piano(LP, Mono) Urania Records (3), Urania Records (3) UJ-1207, UJLP 1207 US 1957 Sell This Version
DLP 3094 Willie "The Lion" Smith - The Lion Roars album art Willie "The Lion" Smith The Lion Roars(LP, Album, Mono) Dot Records DLP 3094 US 1958 Sell This Version
RX 3015 Willie "The Lion" Smith - The Legend Of Willie "The Lion" Smith album art Willie "The Lion" Smith The Legend Of Willie "The Lion" Smith Grand Award RX 3015 UK 1959 Sell This Version
S10035 Willie "The Lion" Smith - Luckey & The Lion: Harlem Piano album art Luckey Roberts* & Willie "The Lion" Smith Luckey Roberts* & Willie "The Lion" Smith - Luckey & The Lion: Harlem Piano (Album) Good Time Jazz S10035 US 1960 Sell This Version
VJD 501/2 Willie "The Lion" Smith - Memorial album art Willie "The Lion" Smith Memorial Jazz Vogue VJD 501/2 UK 1960 Sell This Version
FL 30,003 Willie "The Lion" Smith - Piano Solos By Willie Smith, The Lion Of The Piano: Original Compositions album art Willie "The Lion" Smith Piano Solos By Willie Smith, The Lion Of The Piano: Original Compositions (Album) Commodore FL 30,003 US 1961 Sell This Version
FL 30,004, DL 30,004 Willie "The Lion" Smith - Piano Solos By Willie Smith, The Lion Of The Piano: Show Time album art Willie "The Lion" Smith Piano Solos By Willie Smith, The Lion Of The Piano: Show Time Commodore, Commodore FL 30,004, DL 30,004 US 1962 Sell This Version
56027 Willie "The Lion" Smith - A Legend album art Willie The Lion Smith* A Legend (Album) Mainstream Records 56027 US 1965 Sell This Version
SB 15 101 Willie "The Lion" Smith - Music On My Mind album art Willie "The Lion" Smith Music On My Mind (Album) SABA SB 15 101 Germany 1966 Sell This Version
LD 693-30 Willie "The Lion" Smith - The Lion album art Willie Smith* The Lion(LP) Disques Vogue LD 693-30 France 1966 Sell This Version
33.011 Willie "The Lion" Smith - Grand Piano - Virtuoso Duets By Willie (The Lion) Smith & Don Ewell album art Willie "The Lion" Smith, Don Ewell Willie "The Lion" Smith, Don Ewell - Grand Piano - Virtuoso Duets By Willie (The Lion) Smith & Don Ewell (Album) Swaggie Records, Swaggie Records 33.011 France 1966 Sell This Version
FD-10140 Willie "The Lion" Smith - California Here I Come album art Mike Lipskin With Willie "The Lion" Smith Mike Lipskin With Willie "The Lion" Smith - California Here I Come (Album) Flying Dutchman FD-10140 US 1971 Sell This Version
FCJ 140 Willie "The Lion" Smith - Willie the Lion and His Washington Cubs album art Willie "The Lion" Smith Willie the Lion and His Washington Cubs(LP, Album) Fat Cat's Jazz FCJ 140 US 1971 Sell This Version
JO 009 Willie "The Lion" Smith - Le Lion Le Tigre Et La Madelon album art Willie "The Lion" Smith Le Lion Le Tigre Et La Madelon(LP, Album, Mono) Jazz Odyssey JO 009 France 1972 Sell This Version
GNPS 9011 Willie "The Lion" Smith - Willie "The Lion" Smith album art Willie "The Lion" Smith Willie "The Lion" Smith(LP) GNP Crescendo GNPS 9011 US 1972 Sell This Version
LDM. 30143 Willie "The Lion" Smith - Dixieland All Stars album art Dixieland All Stars*, Henry Allen* / Tyree Glenn, Buster Bailey / Willie "The Lion" Smith, Arvell Shaw / Zutty Singleton Dixieland All Stars*, Henry Allen* / Tyree Glenn, Buster Bailey / Willie "The Lion" Smith, Arvell Shaw / Zutty Singleton - Dixieland All Stars(LP, Album, RE) Roulette LDM. 30143 France 1973 Sell This Version
ULS-1841-V Willie "The Lion" Smith - Live At Blues Alley album art Willie The Lion Smith* Live At Blues Alley (Album) Chiaroscuro Records ULS-1841-V Japan 1973 Sell This Version
99 003 Willie "The Lion" Smith - Willie "The Lion" Smith album art Willie "The Lion" Smith Willie "The Lion" Smith (Album) Decca Eclipse 99 003 France 1966 Sell This Version
DP.20 Willie "The Lion" Smith - Memorial album art Willie "The Lion" Smith Memorial(2xLP, Album) Vogue DP.20 France 1973 Sell This Version
JO 006 Willie "The Lion" Smith - The Lion And The Tiger album art Willie "The Lion" Smith, Jo "The Tiger" Jones* Willie "The Lion" Smith, Jo "The Tiger" Jones* - The Lion And The Tiger (Album, Comp) Jazz Odyssey JO 006 France 1974 Sell This Version

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AlbertHofstein

AlbertHofstein

February 9, 2021
edited 6 months ago
Maybe hardly known today, but Willi the Lion Smith is one of "the" true Harlem Jazz heros and took the piano play to the next level.

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