Chuck Willis

Chuck Willis

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, and Otis Rush), the anguished ballads "Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go)" and "It's Too Late" (the latter attracting covers by Buddy Holly, Charlie Rich, and Otis Redding) and his swan song, "Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes."

Title Album Genre Tools
Ring Ding Doo Chuck Willis: The Complete Okeh Recordings 1951-1956 Blues, R&B/Soul
My Baby's Coming Home Chuck Willis: The Complete Okeh Recordings 1951-1956 Blues, R&B/Soul
From The Bottom Of My Heart Hang Up My Rock & Roll Shoes Blues, R&B/Soul
Take Me Back