Smith, Willie "The Lion". (1893–1973)

"Willie 'The Lion' Smith – Reminiscing The Piano Greats" - Signed LP to MLK's Doctor

Signed 1953 Dial 10" LP, inscribed by the jazz pianist on the front cover "To a real friend and a great doctor who understands people best. To Dr. Arthur Logan from Willie the Lion Smith". The vinyl has not been tested. Small repair to bottom seam, else fine. The cover features a striking portrait of the musician by Burt Goldblatt. 

Willie "The Lion" Smith was an American jazz pianist and one of the masters of the stride style, usually grouped with James P. Johnson and Thomas "Fats" Waller as the three greatest practitioners of the genre in its golden age, from about 1920 to 1943. He was also an early influence on and longtime friend to Ellington.

The well‐known physician and surgeon Dr. Arthur C. Logan, was widely regarded for his support of and personal involvement in many national civil rights causes. Active in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the National Urban League and his dedication to public service was known throughout the country.  One of the first black graduates of Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Logan acted as personal physician to many noted people, including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Duke Ellington. During the Poor People's March on Washington in 1967, he mobilized a medical team to treat the demonstrators camped out in tents in “Resurrection City.” (18450)

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