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Smiley Lewis (5 July 1913 – 7 October 1966) was a New Orleans rhythm and blues musician.Read More...
Lewis was born in DeQuincy, Louisiana, U.S., with the given name of Overton Amos Lemons.
He began to play music in New Orleans, in his mid-teens. Lewis had hit songs in 1952 with "The Bells Are Ringing", and in 1955 with the original recorded version of "I Hear You Knocking" (written by Dave Bartholomew and Pearl King).
Lewis' own song "Blue Monday" was covered by Fats Domino. Whilst Elvis Presley's cover of the Lewis song "One Night" (altering one risque lyric) was #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and #1 on UK Singles Chart.
Dave Edmunds' cover of "I Hear You Knocking" also reached number one in the UK. His version of the song lyric actually name checks Lewis (alongside Chuck Berry and Huey Smith).
Lewis' track "Shame, Shame, Shame" appeared on the soundtrack of the film, Baby Doll in 1956, but failed to find entry to the R&B chart.
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- LyricsYou went away and left me long time ago
Now you come back knockin' on my door
I hear you knocking, but you can't come in
I hear you knocking, go back where you've been
I begged you not to go, but you said goodbye
- I Hear you Knockin' - 16,658 plays
- LyricsBlue Monday, how I hate blue Monday
Got me workin' like a slave all day
Here comes Tuesday, oh hard Tuesday
I'm so tired, I've got no time to play
Here comes Wednesday, I'm beat to my socks
- LyricsOne night of sin,
Is what I'm now paying for
The things I did and I saw
Would make the earth stand still
Don't call my name
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