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William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith (23 November 1893 – 18 April 1973), a.k.a. "The Lion", was an American jazz pianist and one of the masters of the stride style, usually grouped with James P. Johnson and Thomas "Fats" Waller as the three greatest practitioners of the genre from its Golden Age, c. 1920–1943.

William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith was born in Goshen, New York. His mother and grandmother chose the names to reflect the different parts… read more

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    Duke's hero
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    I think it's safe to say that without this man we wouldn't celebrate Christmas today.
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    I've started smoking because of Willie "The Lion" Smith!
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    Nothin' gonna break my stride...

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