Released: 1955

Smiley Lewis was already in his 40s when he recorded the first version of 'Blue Monday', later a hit for fellow New Orleans musician Fats Domino. 'I Hear You Knocking' was another Dave Bartholomew composition (with Pearl King), adorned by Lewis's rich soulful croon and the kind of barrelling piano that Domino would make his own, sadly stealing all of Lewis's thunder.

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