Overton Lemons “Smiley Lewis: New Orleans Rhythm and Blues Singer & Guitarist

0 Posted by - February 6, 2019 - Black History, History, LATEST POSTS
Overton Amos Lemons, known as Smiley Lewis, was an American New Orleans rhythm and blues singer and guitarist.
Lemons was born in DeQuincy, Louisiana, a rural hamlet near Lake Charles, to Jeffrey and Lillie Mae Lemons. He was the second of three sons. His mother died while he was a child, and later he named a song and several automobiles after her.
It was during his teenage years, he hoped on a slow-moving freight train with some friends, who jumped off when the train began to speed up. Lewis alone remained on the train, getting off when it reached its stop in New Orleans. Once in New Orleans, he found room and board with a Caucasian family.
He began playing clubs in the French Quarter and “tan bars” in the Seventh Ward, at times billed as Smiling Lewis, a variation of the nickname earned by his lack of front teeth. He was often accompanied by the pianist Isidore “Tuts” Washington, with whom he played in Thomas Jefferson’s Dixieland band in the mid-1930s.
His group was invited by David Braun to record a session for his DeLuxe Records in 1947, which produced later produced Lewis’s debut record, “Here Comes Smiley.” Lewis had his first national hit song with “The Bells Are Ringing” in 1952. He was the first to record Bartholomew’s song “Blue Monday,” in 1954; Fats Domino’s recording of the song was a hit two years later. In 1955,  he achieved his biggest sales with “I Hear You Knocking,” the first recording of the song (written by Bartholomew and Pearl King), with Huey Smith playing the piano.
Lewis was hospitalized in 1965 with a diagnosis of ulcer; surgery revealed that he had stomach cancer. Bartholomew organized a benefit for him at La Ray’s on Dryades Street. On October 7, 1966, three days before the benefit, Lewis died, in the arms of his second wife, Dorothy Ester Lemmons.


  • p261 April 12, 2019 - 1:36 pm Reply

    I do not even know how I stopped up here, however I assumed this submit was good.
    I do not recognise who you’re but certainly you are going to a well-known blogger when you are not already.

  • p109 April 17, 2019 - 1:49 am Reply

    Hello friends, nice paragraph and good arguments commented here,
    I am in fact enjoying by these.

  • p269705 April 18, 2019 - 2:43 am Reply

    I think that everything posted made a bunch of sense. However, think about this, suppose you were to create a killer title?
    I am not saying your content is not solid., however suppose you added a
    post title that makes people want more? I mean Black Then | Overton Lemons “Smiley Lewis:
    New Orleans Rhythm and Blues Singer & Guitarist is a little boring.
    You ought to glance at Yahoo’s front page and note how they create post headlines to get viewers interested.
    You might add a related video or a related pic or two to get people
    excited about everything’ve got to say. Just my opinion, it would bring your website a little livelier.

  • zobacz April 20, 2019 - 4:14 am Reply

    continuously i used to read smaller content which also clear
    their motive, and that is also happening with this article which I am reading at this place.

  • Leave a reply