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Smiley Lewis

Smiley (real name Overton Lemon) recorded initially for Deluxe before joining Imperial in 1950. His rich, blues-based voice bore certain similarities to stablemate Fats Domino and the two singers shared the same producer in Dave Bartholomew.

I Hear You Knocking became Smiley’s most popular single, though it lost out on the charts to Gale Storm’s version the same year (1955).