Cripple Clarence Lofton

Cripple Clarence Lofton

boogie woogie, blues, rhythm and blues, piano, piano blues

Cripple Clarence Lofton (March 28, 1887 - January 9, 1957), born Albert Clemens in Kingsport, Tennessee, was a noted boogie-woogie pianist and singer. Though Lofton was born with a limp (from which he derived his stage name), he actually started his career as a tap-dancer. This was not his true calling, and he showed his talent in the blues idiom known as boogie-woogie and moved on to perform in Chicago, Illinois. The trademark of Lofton's performances was his energetic stage-presence, where he danced and whistled in addition to singing.