Billy "The Kid" Emerson
William Robert Emerson, 21 December 1929, Tarpon Springs, Florida, USA. Emersons father was a blues singer and the young Emerson played piano with the Billy Battle Band and other local groups before serving in the forces in 1952-54. On his return, he joined Ike Turners band in Memphis. Here, Emerson made his first records for Sun Records which displayed his talent for wordplay and included No Teasing Around, the jive-talking The Woodchuck, Little Fine Healthy Thing, and Red Hot, a song later taken up by rockabilly singer Billy Lee Riley and by Bob Luman. Emerson moved to Chicago soon afterwards, playing piano or organ on numerous recording sessions and releasing singles under his own name from 1955-57 for Vee Jay Records (Every Woman I Know (Crazy Bout Automobiles), later revived by Ry Cooder) and from 1958-59 for Chess Records (Ill Get You Too). There were later...