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The Boogie Woogie Trio: Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, and Meade Lux Lewis

Boogie-woogie, which has been said to have originated in Texas in the 1870s, started out as a piano music characterized by an “eight-to-the-bar” left-hand pattern that was usually played on the blues. Both Leadbelly and Jelly Roll Morton remembered that they heard the boogie piano style in the early 20th century. Early recorded examples of the boogie-woogie bass being used include the haunting and eccentric “The Rocks” by George W. Thomas (recorded under the pseudonym of Clay Custer) and Joseph Samuels’ Tampa Blue Jazz Band’s version of Thomas’ “The Fives.” Both of those recording are from Feb. 1923 with “The Fives” being considered the first example of boogie-woogie being orchestrated for a band. The earliest full-length recording of boogie-woogie piano is probably Jimmy Blythe’s “Chicago Stomp” from April 1924. While the style was overshadowed by stride in the jazz world of the 1920s, being utilized more often by blues players, there were two hit recordings that had an effect on boogie-woogie of the swing era: Pinetop Smith’s “Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie” and Meade Lux Lewis’ “Honky Tonk Train Blues.”
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Pete Johnson Joins McCann New York as Global ECD

McCann has hired Pete Johnson as evp, global executive creative director, at its New York office. He will work with Shayne Millington and Pierre Lipton, co-chief creative officers at McCann New York. Johnson joins McCann after spending over five years as executive creative director at Deutsch New York and more...
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PETE JOHNSON

Peter Clark Johnson, 99, of Lexington, passed away peacefully at home on the evening of Dec. 9, 2021. Better known as “Pete,” he was born on Sept. 1, 1922, to parents Walter Johnson and Mabel Austin Johnson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Ruby, Jessie, Ethel, and Lula Belle; his brother Roy; and his son, Claude Allen Johnson who passed away earlier this year.
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