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The material Chuck Willis recorded for Okeh between 1956-1957 was collected by Atlantic for this 1958 LP, The King of the Stroll. These are rousing numbers that display Willis' dynamic sound and energetic side. They've been reissued on several other compilations as well.


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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