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Little Willie John

He never received the accolades given to the likes of Sam Cooke, Clyde McPhatter, and James Brown, but Little Willie John ranks as one of R&B's most influential performers. His muscular high timbre and enormous technical and emotional range belied his young age (his first hit came when he was 18), but his mid-'50s work for Syd Nathan's King label would play a great part in the way soul music would sound. Everyone from Cooke, McPhatter, and Brown to Jackie Wilson, B.B. King, and Al Green has acknowledged his debt to this most overlooked of rock and soul pioneers.

His debut recording, a smoking version of Titus Turner's "All Around the World" from 1955, set the pattern for a remarkable string of hits: "Need Your Love So Bad," "Suffering with the Blues," "Fever," "Let Them Talk," and his last, "Sleep," from 1961. His version of "Fever" was copied note for note by Peggy Lee and Elvis Presley, both of whom had bigger hits with it; John's version, however, remains definitive. His second hit, "Need Your Love So Bad," contains one of the most intimate, tear-jerking vocals ever caught on tape.

John had a volatile temper, fueled by a taste for liquor and an insecurity regarding his slight height (5 feet 4 inches). He was known to pack a gun and knife; in 1964, he stabbed a man and was sent to the Washington State penitentiary, where he died of pneumonia in 1968. James Brown recorded a tribute album to John that year, and his material has been recorded by scores of artists from the Beatles to Fleetwood Mac to the Blasters. Nevertheless, Little Willie John remains a stranger to most listeners and has never received the respect his talent deserves.

Little Willie John was one of the first artists featured in Rhino's King reissues series. Fever was issued late in 1993, and the single-disc, 20-track anthology included such John releases as "Need Your Love So Bad," "Suffering with the Blues," and the title cut. ~ John Floyd
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Love me some Little Willie John.Gone way too soon.
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LOVE Little Willie ONE of a KIND singer...NOO n e like him... A real TALENT SOUL BOY! miss him too... RIP I know singers this one was tooooooooooo MUCH! UGH UGH BABY I cant let u go!
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So talented! A crime he Dosen't get the recognition he deserves.
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This guy was TOO MUCH! Unbelievable singer What a pitch and SOUL brother he was to many of us... And what a LIFE he had!
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Once in a lifetime we are blessed with a wonderful and soulful voice . Billy Brooks 124@gmail. Com
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His all around the world is a classic
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Little willie john with a big voice for hip shaking & slow dragging. Yes, I said slow dragging. If you ever slow dragged with a fellow you would remember it .
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If I Thought You Needed Me by Little Willy John sounds a lot like Shake a Hand by Faye Adams IMO. :-)
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Fever. God i love this song
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fdoughton3
Peggy who?
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Awesome.
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Sultry and soulful
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Check out the Little Willie John bio FEVER .. learn more about this great artist!
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Little Willie John book FEVER
http://www.f a c e b o o k . c o m / p a g e s / F e v e r - L i t t l e - W i l l i e - J o h n s - F a s t - L i f e - a n d - M y s t e r i o u s - D e a t h / 2 1 9 5 6 8 9 6 8 0 5 6 4 7 6
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Reece 'Goose' Tatum ... not exactly an household name unless you know the history of the Harlem Globetrotter s . Yet, Goose Tatum inspired many of the names that DO know. Names like Oscar Robertson, DR J. Wayne Embry, and Ernie Banks!
Little Willie John was the Goose Tatum of Soul Music ... he's not a household name yet, the old school entertainers ALL remember and speak highly of him! People like, Aretha Franklin, Patty Labelle, Gladys Knight, Eva Cassidy, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Butler,
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georgeangel4 1 1
fever by him one of the best soul songs ever
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Ah yes, Little Willie John...
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soulfull,gri t t y and visceral
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THIS ARTIST IS A SUN,NOT A STAR AND TO HAVE SUFFERED SUCH DARKNESS.
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Sounds so Cool!
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ernestinespl a c e
one of my favorites, walking up a one way street is my favorite song by him.
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Real.
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I heard he hung himself? What a waste if he did.
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Most male blues singers from that era (early 50's to late 60s), sounded kinda rough,like BB King, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, on and on.
But Little Willei John was smooth.
When I hear those other singers I think of hard working Blackmen working the fields. Good men who had the misfortune of meeting a bad woman.But Little Willie John (and Bobby Blue Bland) seem to sing about a hustlers blues. Pimps and players who break the rule of the game and falls in love.
It's not the song because Little Wil
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really like "Fever". Never knew about him
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Wow first time hearing about him his version of fever is pretty nice and he was cutie too : )
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I like leave my kitten alone too
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paul96093
I wish they would add one of my favorites; "Leave my kitten alone", to their song list.
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talk to me was the ultimate Little Willie John. May God bless his soul, cuz he had it.
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imnacho6
Wonderful soulful voice died before his time. Will probably never get the recognition he richly deserves.

Too Bad...
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What a voice he had. Until recently I had only heard "Fever" & "Sleep" but everything else I've been hearing by him knocks me out - ballads, rockers, they're all great.
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monto39
Little Willie John is like of Hank Williams Sr. of soul, both had tortured lives that came across so intensely in their music. Too bad he isn't as openly acknowledged for being a major architect of one of America's greatest musical styles
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Love him,love him,love him! So disappointed , t h o u g h , t h a t "Letter From My Darling" was not among the titles available. Hope it will become available soon. It was on the flipside of one of his hits, but was actually one of his best.

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