Boogie-woogie pianist Meade “Lux” Lewis was born on this day in 1905. Here he is in a 1940s musical short–or “Soundie”–performing “Low Down Dog.”

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.