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Albert C. Ammons (September 23, 1907 – December 2, 1949) was an American boogie-woogie pianist.Read More...
Ammons formed his own band in 1934, and in 1938 performed in the Spirituals to Swing concert at Carnegie Hall, which among other achievements launched the boogie-woogie craze. He and two other performers at the concert, Meade Lux Lewis and Pete Johnson, became the leading boogie-woogie pianists of the day. The three worked together at Café Society and also toured and recorded as a trio.
His biggest hit was "Swanee River Boogie". Ammons played the melody of "Old Folks at Home" over a boogie woogie bass. The recording was used as a theme song by pioneer rhythm and blues disk jockey Gene Nobles on WLAC radion in the 1950s.
He worked steadily till his death in 1949; he played at Harry S. Truman's inauguration that year.
He is the father of tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons.
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