Artist spotlight: Camille Howard (1914-1993)

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US pianist with sassy vocals, prominent in the 1940s, who recorded both solo and with Roy Milton’s Solid Senders. Camille played fast, with a frequently used walking bass in the left hand and great dexterity in the right hand which is tiring to emulate. She played on Milton’s first hit, “R. M. Blues” which hit number 2 on the Billboard R&B chart and number 20 on the pop chart in 1946.

Check out Money Blues for her beautiful vocals. I’ve yet to find any film footage of her bar one clip where she is playing with her back to the camera, and which has since been removed from the web. If anyone has any footage please let me know! Here is X-Temporaneous Boogie which sold nearly a quarter of a million records despite being improvised on the spot: