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Fever: Little Willie John: A Fast Life, Mysterious Death and the Birth of Soul

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Little Willie John lived for a fleeting 30 years, but his dynamic and daring sound left an indelible mark on the history of music. His deep blues, rollicking rock ‘n’ roll and swinging ballads inspired a generation of musicians, forming the basis for what we now know as soul music.

 

Born in Arkansas in 1937, William Edward John found his voice in the church halls, rec centers and nightclubs of Detroit, a fertile proving ground that produced the likes of Levi Stubbs and the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and Hank Ballard and the Midnighters. One voice rose above the rest in those formative years of the 1950s, and Little Willie John went on to have 15 hit singles in the American rhythm & blues chart, with considerable cross-over success in pop. Some of his songs might be best known by their cover versions (“Fever” by Peggy Lee, “Need Your Love So Bad” by Fleetwood Mac and “Leave My Kitten Alone” by The Beatles) but Little Willie John’s original recording of these and other songs are widely considered to be definitive, and it is this sound that is credited with ushering in a new age in American music as the 1950s turned into the 60s and rock ‘n’ roll took its place in popular culture.

 

The soaring heights of Little Willie John’s career are matched only by the tragic events of his death, cutting short a life so full of promise. Charged with a violent crime in the late 1960s, an abbreviated trial saw Willie convicted and incarcerated in Walla Walla Washington, where he died under mysterious circumstances in 1968.

 

In this, the first official biography of one of the most important figures in rhythm & blues history, author Susan Whitall, with the help of Little Willie John’s eldest son Kevin John, has interviewed some of the biggest names in the music industry and delved into the personal archive of the John family to produce an unprecedented account of the man who invented soul music.

“Little Willie John is the soul singer’s soul singer.” – Marvin Gaye

 

“My mother told me, if you call yourself 'Little' Stevie Wonder you'd better be as good as Little Willie John." – Stevie Wonder

 

“Willie John was one of the most brilliant singers you would ever want to come across, bar none. There are things that were great, there are things that were good. Willie John was past great.” – Sam Moore

 

“Little Willie John did not know how to sing wrong, know what I mean?”– Dion

 

“Little Willie John was a soul singer before anyone thought to call it that.” – James Brown

Synopsis:

The first ever authorized biography of the unjustly forgotten 'Father of Soul Music'. A notable R'n'B chart success in his day, his songs are now better known through covers, such as Peggy Lee's version of Fever. Mystery surrounds his death in prison - attributed by some to a beating by a guard.

However he died - he was gone at the age of 30, stilling one of the most important voices in black music.

Here, for the first time, is Little Willie John's story - as told by his family and those who knew him best.

About the Author

Susan Whitall has been writing about music since the 1970s, when she became a staff writer for Creem Magazine. After Lester Bangs left for New York in 1977, she became editor. She has been a feature and music writer at the Detroit News since 1983. Her book Women of Motown (Avon) was published in 1998. She is in regular contact with Little Willie John's family, in particular Kevin John - Little Willie John's son - and has access to family photos and archives.

Kevin John is Little Willie John's son, and granted unique access to his family's personal archives for this book.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780857681379
Author:
Kevin John and Susan Whitall
Publisher:
Titan Books (UK)
Author:
John, Kevin
Author:
Whitall, Susan
Author:
Wonder, Stevie
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.55 x 6.26 x 0.97 in 1.12 lb

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Product details 352 pages Titan Books (UK) - English 9780857681379 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The first ever authorized biography of the unjustly forgotten 'Father of Soul Music'. A notable R'n'B chart success in his day, his songs are now better known through covers, such as Peggy Lee's version of Fever. Mystery surrounds his death in prison - attributed by some to a beating by a guard.

However he died - he was gone at the age of 30, stilling one of the most important voices in black music.

Here, for the first time, is Little Willie John's story - as told by his family and those who knew him best.

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