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Albert Ammons


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Albert C. Ammons (September 23, 1907 – December 2, 1949) was an American boogie-woogie pianist.

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.

Ammons has had wide influence on countless pianists such as Dave Alexander, Dr. John, Hadda Brooks, Johnnie Johnson, Ray Bryant, Erroll Garner, Frank Muschalle, Katie Webster, Axel Zwingenberger, and another German pianist, Joerg Hegemann, who honoured Ammons on the occasion of his 100th birthday in 2007 with his album A Tribute To Albert Ammons.


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  • lewlew00

    It's hard to keep you feet still when listening to Boogie Woogie Stomp.

    11 May 2012 Reply
  • L57NT

    Should be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

    10 Apr 2012 Reply
  • KeiONN


    19 Jun 2011 Reply
  • the-sha


    25 Feb 2011 Reply
  • johntardsbaby66

    Boogie woogie is the best thing ever

    17 Aug 2010 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    I have a soft spot for the Boogie Woogie guys - Albert, Meade Lux and Pete Johnson. Sweet Patootie blues isn't the most powerful of Albert's repertoire, but it's set me up for more.

    10 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Afuera

    boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooogie woogie

    5 Sep 2008 Reply
  • tuffifant


    1 Sep 2008 Reply
  • ssegovia1

    Thanks Albert for your piano blues, It´s great.

    23 Jul 2008 Reply
  • iamserge

    so do i, so do i. great music for warm nights

    12 May 2008 Reply
  • den_don

    I can only say I love this guy's music

    8 Mar 2008 Reply

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