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Smiley Lewis

Smiley Lewis was an American blues and R&B singer and songwriter from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was active as a musician in the 1940s and 1950s and is considered one of the most important figures in the early days of rock and roll.

Lewis began his career in the 1940s as a blues and R&B singer, performing in local clubs and bars in New Orleans. He was discovered by record producer and bandleader Dave Bartholomew, who helped him to record his first single, "I Hear You Knocking," in 1955. The song was a hit and reached the top of the R&B charts, launching Lewis's career.

Over the next several years, Lewis recorded and released a string of hit songs, many of which became classics of the rock and roll genre. Some of his most well-known songs include "I Hear You Knocking," "One Night of Sin," "Blue Monday," and "All Night Long." He was known for his powerful, soulful voice and his ability to blend elements of blues, R&B, and gospel music in his performances.

Lewis's career was cut short when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the late 1950s. Despite this, he continued to perform and record music until his death in 1966. His music continues to be celebrated and his influence on rock and roll and R&B music is still felt today.

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