CECIL GANT

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Pianist Cecil Gant seemingly materialized out of the wartime mist to create one of the most enduring blues ballads of the 1940s. Gant was past age 30 when he burst onto the scene in a most unusual way -- he popped up in military uniform at a Los Angeles war-bonds rally sponsored by the Treasury Department. Private Gant proceeded to electrify the assembled multitude with his piano prowess, leading to his imminent 1944 debut on Oakland's Gilt-Edge Records: the mellow pop-slanted ballad "I Wonder," which topped the R&B charts despite a wartime shellac shortage that hit tiny independent companies like Gilt-Edge particularly hard. Its flip, the considerably more animated "Cecil's Boogie," was a hit in its own right.

Pvt. Gant shot to the upper reaches of the R&B charts for Gilt-Edge like a guided missile with his "Grass Is Getting Greener Every Day" and "I'm Tired" in 1945, recording prolifically for
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CECIL GANT The Incomparable Cecil Gant album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Incomparable Cecil Gant
Boogie Woogie Piano 1958

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CECIL GANT King Of Boogie Woogie album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
King Of Boogie Woogie
Boogie Woogie Piano 1976
CECIL GANT Blues in L.A. [The Blues Collection #88] album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues in L.A. [The Blues Collection #88]
Boogie Woogie Piano 1997

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