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Jimmy Yancey

Induction category: Early Influence


Inductee: Jimmy Yancey (piano, vocals; born February 20, 1894/1898, died September 17, 1951) Jimmy Yancey is the progenitor of boogie-woogie piano, a style that eventually became a recognizable element of up-tempo blues and early rock and roll. The boogie-woogie craze came and went in the latter half of the Thirties, but Yancey had actually been playing in that style as far back as the 1910s and 1920s. A self-taught pianist, singer and dancer, he performed in a style characterized by rolling, rhythmic lines from his left hand played off against percussive accents from the right hand. Jimmy Yancey was born ...

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