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Smiley Lewis (5 July 1913 – 7 October 1966) was a New Orleans rhythm and blues musician.

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).

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  • Great singer.
  • so on saturdays he's got money and his honey, and still he's complaining about a blue monday? geez. terrific musician, though.
  • I think Fats n Elvis (and all the New Orleans rockers) owe a lot to Smiley. Pity he never really got the regognition he deserved. Still sounds great
  • I dig Elvis' "One Night" (and one "Of Sin" too). But Smiley's version beats them completely. Just perfect.
  • some great songs that sound good no matter who covers them
  • I think i'm gonna add a few more listens to one night. Brilliant song.

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