Zeffrey Williams, 1 November 1936, Bessemer, Alabama, but raised in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Williams has made his lasting mark in the R&B industry as a recording artist, songwriter, and producer of the first doo-wop vocal groups and then soul acts. He is noted for his sly streetwise songs in which he basically talks (with a rhythmic feel) the lyrics rather than sings them, earning him the unofficial title The Father Of Rap.
Like many African-American artists, Williams began his career in the church, singing in the Cobbs Baptist Church choir in the 40s. He began singing in vocal groups in the early 50s, forming the Cavaliers. He later moved to Detroit and recorded several singles with the Don Juans for the Fortune Records label. Williams soon disengaged himself to establish a solo career on Fortune, making his biggest impact with two jokey records, Jail Bait and Bacon Fat (number 9 R&B) in 1957. He...
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