The pianist, whose songs were covered by the Clash, Elvis Costello and The Who, among others, passed away on Tuesday (15Nov16).

Born in Mississippi, Allison began playing the piano at the age of five and played throughout his youth. He performed in a U.S. Army band in the 1940s and moved to New York City to follow his passion in the mid-1950s.

He released his first albums, Back Country Suite and Local Color, in 1957.

Allison formed his own jazz trio with bassist Addison Farmer and drummer Nick Stabulas, and performed with the likes of Stan Getz and Zoot Sims.

Allison retired from performing live in 2012 and released his final album, Mose Allison American Legend, Live in California, in 2015.