I was making dinner tonight. Sauteed green beans and broccoli rabe with a creamy lime dressing, and some shrimps. For some reason I put on Little Willie John, who I see has been referenced on the site only once. His biggest hit, a John Cooley/Otis Blackwell tune called Fever, is no remnant. But I think we’ve been neglecting a great singer who sang great songs.
Mr. John, as the Times would say (no they wouldn’t), was a hit making machine for a while, and like many hit making abusers of alcohol, he died in jail.
His brother wrote this song.
This is a terrific song. This is the version I hear when I think of the song.
This is great.
So is this. This is the blues.
Charming interview with LWJ’s sons and biographer. A story of Detroit.
Love this last one. What’s cool is the King Records sound as distinct from the Chess Records sound, more jump blues/jazz roots. I wouldn’t say that Atlantic Records had their own sound but maybe you would. If so I’m interested in having the specifics pointed out to me. Thankyouverymuch.
These are great. And, they prompted a thought and song so will try to post later (but not too long).