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Album Review

Chuck Willis was one of the great early R&B singers and bandleaders that helped form the roots of rock & roll. It is pity that he passed on in 1955, and could not witness the fruits of his labor. A prolific songwriter, Willis wrote 12 of the 14 tracks on this solid collection, though his claim to have written "C.C. Rider" is specious at best. As a vocalist whose singing parallels Fats Domino's, his wailing, shouting, belting, and crooning have always set a high standard for the soul brothers that followed. Among some of his all-time great tunes included are "What Am I Here For?," "Just One Kiss," "Keep-A-Drivin'," "Sugar Sugar," and "My Baby," but really, everything here is definitive. Contemporary vocalists owe a big debt to Willis, and at the very least, someone should revisit this awesome music. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Biography

Born: 31 January 1928 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s

There were two distinct sides to Chuck Willis. In addition to being a convincing blues shouter, the Atlanta-born Willis harbored a vulnerable blues balladeer side. In addition, he was a masterful songwriter who penned some of the most distinctive R&B numbers of the 1950s. He can't be granted principal credit for his 1957 smash adaptation of "C.C. Rider," an irresistible update of a classic folk-blues, but Willis did write such gems as "I Feel So Bad" (later covered by Elvis Presley, Little Milton,...
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  • 10,99 €
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Rock, Rock & Roll
  • Released: 1963

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