Cripple Clarence Lofton - Boogie woogie Pianist (1887 - 1957)
Although he figured in the boogie woogie craze of the ‘20’s and ‘30’s and was much celebrated by the early jazz collectors of the 78 rpm era, Cripple Clarence Lofton has suffered from historical obscurity, known but to the die hard audiophiles who delve deep into the origins of this piano genre.
Cripple Clarence Lofton’s name is synonymous with energetic boogie-woogie and deep blues piano. Though his style was not highly sophisticated, actually unusually eclectic, his playing was lyrical and infectious. In addition, he more than compensated with his voice, his songs and his stage presence. Clarence would jump up, dance, whistle, joke and kick up a storm as he performed making him a favorite with his audiences. Tennessee born Clarence Lofton whose real name was Albert Clemens, was lame from birth but his disability was not going to hold him back when on the stage.