Clarence Williams was both an artist and an entrepreneur. Highly energetic and adept at all sides of the music business from writing, publishing and performing to managing other artists, he worked with the most famous early female blues singer, Bessie Smith. The songs he wrote were popular across the United States; some of his compositions in the Dixieland style have become classics.
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The Tuxedo Jazz Band: Clarence Williams (seated), L to R, Ernest "Ninesse" Trepagnier, Armand J. Piron, Tom Benton, Johnny St. Cyr, Jimmy Noone (standing), William "Bebe" Ridgley, Oscar "Papa" Celestin, and John Lindsay ca. 1913
West End Blues 1928
Old Fashioned Love 1923