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Mose Allison

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Mose Allison (born John Mose Allison. Jr., Tippo, MS, November 11, 1927) is an American jazz pianist, singer. and songwriter. Amongst his best known songs is Parchman Farm. His music has influenced many blues and rock artists including The Rolling Stones, John Mayall, J.J. Cale and The Who, that latter of whom played Allison’s song Young Man Blues on several tours. The father of country songwriter Amy Allison, he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

Allison learned piano in grammar school, followed by trumpet in high school. He went to college at the University of Mississippi and Louisiana State University. He received a BA in English with a minor in Philosophy. After serving in the U.S. Army, he moved to New York City and launched his music career.

Allison’s first exposure to blues on record was through Louis Jordan recordings, including “Outskirts of Town” and “Pinetop Blues.” Allison credits Jordan as being a major influence on him, and also credits Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller. He started out on trumpet but later switched to piano. In his youth, he had easy access, via the radio, to the music of Pete Johnson , Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis . Allison also credits the songwriter Percy Mayfield , “The Poet Laureate of the Blues,” as being a major inspiration on his songwriting.

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