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Pinetop Smith
Birth name Clarence Smith
Also known as "Pine Top" or "Pinetop" Smith
Born (1904-06-11)June 11, 1904
Troy, Alabama, United States
Died March 15, 1929(1929-03-15) (aged 24)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Boogie-woogie, blues
Occupation(s) Pianist, vocalist, comedian
Instruments Piano
Years active c. 1920–1929
Labels Vocalion
Associated acts Ma Rainey
Albert Ammons
Meade Lux Lewis

Clarence Smith, better known as Pinetop Smith or Pine Top Smith (June 11, 1904 – March 15, 1929) was an American boogie-woogie style blues pianist. His hit tune, "Pine Top's Boogie Woogie," featured rhythmic "breaks" that were an essential ingredient of ragtime music.

In 1991, he was added to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

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