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19920917First of a series in which

Francis Wilford Smith looks at the work of five pianists who have made a significant contribution to piano blues.

Montana Taylor

Unusually for a bluesman, Taylor was bom in the northern state of Montana in 1903. He moved south and became one of the greatest of the blues boogie pianists of the rent party years. He was also in demand as a blues singer. Producer Derek Drescher

(First broadcast on Radio 3)

19920924Francis Wilford Smith looks at the work of blues pianist Walter Roland from Alabama. Besides rousing barrelhouse stomps, Roland recorded blues about poverty and disaster during the depression years. He also accompanied singers like Lucille Bogan and Josh White.

Producer Derek Drescher

(First broadcast on Radio 3)

19921001Francis Wilford Smith looks at the work of blues pianist Cripple Clarence Lofton , a well known figure in Chicago joints from the rent party days until the early fifties.

During the boogie boom of the forties he was extensively recorded by the specialist jazz labels of the day.

Producer Derek Drescher

(First broadcast on Radio 3)

19921008Francis Wilford-Smith looks at the work of blues pianist Jimmy Yancey.

Producer Derek Drescher. Stereo

(First broadcast on Radio 3)

19921015Francis Wilford-Smith ends his series with the blues pianist Big Maceo. Maceo did not become well-known until he moved north from Georgia to Chicago when he was 36 and formed a partnership with the guitarist Tampa Red. He went to work with Jazz Gillum and Sonny Boy Williamson.

Producer Derek Drescher. Stereo (First broadcast on Radio 3)