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Pinetop Smith
Birth name Clarence Smith
Also known as "Pine Top" or "Pinetop" Smith
Born June 11, 1904(1904-06-11)
Troy, Alabama, United States
Died March 15, 1929(1929-03-15) (aged 24)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Boogie-woogie, blues
Occupation(s) Pianist, vocalist, comedian
Instruments Piano
Years active c. 1920–1929
Labels Vocalion
Associated acts Ma Rainey
Albert Ammons
Meade Lux Lewis

Clarence Smith, better known as Pinetop Smith or Pine Top Smith[1] (June 11, 1904 – March 15, 1929) was an American boogie-woogie style blues pianist. His hit tune, "Pine Top's Boogie Woogie," featured rhythmic "breaks" that were an essential ingredient of ragtime music.[2]

He was a posthumous 1991 inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.[3]


  1. "Clarence Pinetop Smith". Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  2. Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 165. ISBN 1-904041-96-5 .
  3. "Inductees". Retrieved December 19, 2011.

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