While performing as a successful R&B artist brought some income to musicians, many of them still had to work outside of their solo careers. Musicians like Huey Smith not only cut their own records, but they also played as studio and touring musicians for other artists. Smith was an accomplished pianist from a young age, signing his first contract at eighteen.
Smith would go on to sit in on sessions for Little Richard, Lloyd Price, Earl King, Smiley Lewis, and Fats Domino, among others. He eventually teamed up with vocalist Bobby Marchan for several of his recordings, including his most famous, “Don't You Just Know It.”