Meade Lux Lewis

MEADE "LUX" LEWIS was born in Chicago, ILL. in 1905. He became interested in music in his early 'teens after hearing a pianist play The Fives at a house party. Having no piano of his own he practiced wherever he could find an instrument. Later he lived in the same apartment building with Albert Ammons. Through their common interest in music, they became good friends and worked out many ideas together on the Ammons' piano. He became acquainted with Jimmy Yancey who helped him with the development of his boogie woogie style. He later profited by a short association with the late Clarence "Pinetop" Smith. His first professional work was at house parties. Later he played solo boogie at various night spots in the Chicago area. His first recordings which were made in the middle thirties, included two originals, Yancey Special and Honky Tonk Train Blues. These numbers did much toward popularizing the boogie style and eventually brought fame to their author. He went to New York late in 1938 where, with Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson he took part in a concert at Carnegie Hall. The three worked together as a trio for a short time, playing engagements at Cafe Society in New York and at the Hotel Sherman in Chicago. He then worked alone as a soloist.

Why midi and mp3 files? Midi files contain information, not sound. This information is sent to your sound card or synth. What you hear is the result of your hardware, not neccesarily what I hear.
I have recorded many, not all of my midi files, using my synths. The mp3 files allow you to hear what I intended not what your hardware defines.
Mp3 files are compressed sound files, not quite as good as original .wav files. If you order the cd - you will get the best sound as I intended it to be.

The following songs are available as midi, .pdf files, tapes CD and/or printed scores. The server has samples of each {midi} about 20 measures per song. Most of the Mp3 files are complete.

For a somewhat out of date and incomplete list of midi files click here .

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His Piano Solos midified

midi 6 Wheel Chaser

midi Answer To The Prayer

midi Bass On Top
(midi only, no sheet music) Sequenced By Bob Burt

midi Bearcat Crawl

midi Boogie Woogie Prayer

midi Honky Tonk Train

mp3 Honky Tonk Train (my synths)

midi Mr. Freddy Blues

midi Yancey Special

midi Yancey Goes Honky Tonk

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