Smokey Hogg

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For the Scottish rugby league footballer who played in the 1900s for Great Britain, England, Other Nationalities, and Broughton Rangers, see Andrew Hogg (rugby league). Smokey Hogg_sentence_0

For the English association footballer for Malta, Pietà Hotspurs, and Valletta, see Andrew Hogg. Smokey Hogg_sentence_1

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Smokey HoggSmokey Hogg_header_cell_0_0_0
Birth nameSmokey Hogg_header_cell_0_1_0 Andrew HoggSmokey Hogg_cell_0_1_1
BornSmokey Hogg_header_cell_0_2_0 (1914-01-27)January 27, 1914

Westconnie, Texas, United StatesSmokey Hogg_cell_0_2_1

DiedSmokey Hogg_header_cell_0_3_0 May 1, 1960(1960-05-01) (aged 46)

McKinney, Texas, United StatesSmokey Hogg_cell_0_3_1

GenresSmokey Hogg_header_cell_0_4_0 Texas blues, country bluesSmokey Hogg_cell_0_4_1
Occupation(s)Smokey Hogg_header_cell_0_5_0 MusicianSmokey Hogg_cell_0_5_1
InstrumentsSmokey Hogg_header_cell_0_6_0 GuitarSmokey Hogg_cell_0_6_1
Years activeSmokey Hogg_header_cell_0_7_0 1930s–1950sSmokey Hogg_cell_0_7_1
LabelsSmokey Hogg_header_cell_0_8_0 Decca, Modern, Specialty, Federal, Imperial, Recorded In Hollywood, MeteorSmokey Hogg_cell_0_8_1

Andrew "Smokey" Hogg (January 27, 1914 – May 1, 1960) was an American post-war Texas blues and country blues musician. Smokey Hogg_sentence_2

Life and career Smokey Hogg_section_0

Hogg was born near Westconnie, Texas, and grew up on a farm. Smokey Hogg_sentence_3

He was taught to play the guitar by his father, Frank Hogg. Smokey Hogg_sentence_4

While still in his teens he teamed up with the slide guitarist and vocalist B. K. Turner, also known as Black Ace, and the pair travelled together, playing a circuit of turpentine and logging camps, country dance halls and juke joints around Kilgore, Tyler, Greenville and Palestine, in East Texas. Smokey Hogg_sentence_5

In 1937, Decca Records brought Hogg and Black Ace to Chicago to record. Smokey Hogg_sentence_6

Hogg's first record, "Family Trouble Blues" backed with "Kind Hearted Blues", was released under the name of Andrew Hogg. Smokey Hogg_sentence_7

It was an isolated occurrence — he did not make it back into a recording studio for over a decade. Smokey Hogg_sentence_8

By the early 1940s, Hogg was married and making a good living busking around the Deep Ellum area of Dallas, Texas. Smokey Hogg_sentence_9

Hogg was drafted in the mid-1940s. Smokey Hogg_sentence_10

After a brief spell with the U.S. military, he continued working in the Dallas area, where he was becoming well known. Smokey Hogg_sentence_11

In 1947 he came to the attention of Herbert T. Rippa Sr., the head of the Dallas-based record label Bluebonnet Records, who recorded several sides with him and leased the masters to Modern Records. Smokey Hogg_sentence_12

The first release on Modern was the Big Bill Broonzy song "Too Many Drivers". Smokey Hogg_sentence_13

It sold well enough that Modern brought Hogg to Los Angeles to cut more sides with their team of studio musicians. Smokey Hogg_sentence_14

These songs included his two biggest hits, "Long Tall Mama" in 1949 and another Broonzy tune, "Little School Girl." Smokey Hogg_sentence_15

In January 1950, "Little School Girl" reached number 5 on the Billboard Retail R&B chart and number 9 on the Most Played Juke Box R&B chart. Smokey Hogg_sentence_16

His two-part "Penitentiary Blues" (1952) was a remake of the prison song "Ain't No More Cane on the Brazos". Smokey Hogg_sentence_17

Hogg's style, influenced by Broonzy, Peetie Wheatstraw and Black Ace, was popular with record buyers in the South during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Smokey Hogg_sentence_18

He continued to work and record until the end of the 1950s. Smokey Hogg_sentence_19

He died in McKinney, Texas in 1960, at the age of 46. Smokey Hogg_sentence_20

The cause of his death was seemingly not made public. Smokey Hogg_sentence_21

Relatives and others Smokey Hogg_section_1

Hogg was reputed to be a cousin of Lightnin' Hopkins and to be distantly related to Alger "Texas" Alexander, but both claims are ambiguous. Smokey Hogg_sentence_22

Hogg's cousin John Hogg was also a blues musician; he recorded for Mercury Records in 1951. Smokey Hogg_sentence_23

He is not to be confused with Willie "Smokey" Hogg, a musician based in New York City in the 1960s. Smokey Hogg_sentence_24

See also Smokey Hogg_section_2

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