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Specialty Profiles: Larry Williams

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Album Review

Larry Williams is one of the great figures of early rock & roll. He didn't have the world's greatest voice, more of a raucous shout, but he put it to electrifying use behind his original compositions, some of which became standards. The Beatles covered "Dizzy, Miss Lizzy," "Bad Boy" and "Slow Down," the Stones ripped up "She Said Yeah," hundreds of garage bands in the early '60s had "Bony Maronie" or "Short Fat Fannie" in their set list. The originals are the best, though, and this disc captures the essential tracks recorded by Williams for Specialty in the late '50s. There are other collections you might be able to track down that have more tracks, including At His Finest: The Specialty Rock 'N' Roll Years on Ace which collects all his singles for Specialty plus a disc's worth of rare outtakes and Specialty's Bad Boy, which sports an epic 23 tracks. However, for someone who just wants the essential wig-burning rockers Williams became known for, this collection will work just fine. As an extra the set comes with an bonus disc featuring ten songs chosen from Specialty's archives by the likes of Guitar Slim, Sam Cooke, and the immortal Don & Dewey.

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A huge influence on the Beatles

Larry Williams' career was intended to be a knock- off of Little Richard's style when Richard gave up rock for the ministry in '57 (from the same label, so it wasn't necessarily a devious thing). He took Little Richard's lyrical style, covered a few of his best known numbers and actually came up with a few songs that equal the architect, the emancipator, the originator. The Beatles featured a lot of Lary williams in their Hamburg repertoire. Songs like Bony Maronie are a vital part of any 50's music collection. The only thing is the glaring omission of "Dizzy Miss Lizzy", perhaps his greatest song. What's Up with that?

"Put Your Little Hand In Mine!"

.."I Wanna Make Love To You Too!".. Wooo; Yeah!!-This true "Bad Boy" from old New Orleans could give "The Georgia Peach' (Little Richard) a Run for his Money; Honey!-An seminal influence on the developing Rock N' Roll singing styles of Mick Jagger and John Lennon; The early "Beat Groups" of 1960's England ate up these Specialty Sides for Breakfast!-Larry Williams took it all too far; But; Boy; Could he make them all "Dizzy Miss Lizzie!"-"I Wanna Get Married On A Night In June!"-Dig This!...by Grimmbo.

Best!

Bony Maronie, She Said Yeah,Short Fat Fanny Are All Good Songs.

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