|Tags:||blues chick willis|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Robert L. Willis, 29 September 1934, Cabiness, Georgia, USA. This bawdy blues singer is best known outside the circuit for his ribald 1972 jukebox hit Stoop Down Baby, Let Your Daddy See and for being the cousin of Chuck Willis, but he has maintained a career as a popular working musician for over six decades.
Born in rural Georgia and raised in Atlanta, Willis had a short spell in the military before joining his cousins touring show in 1954. Chuck, who was at the time enjoying a string of hit singles on the OKeh Records label, employed his cousin as a valet, chauffeur, singer, and guitarist. Chick made his own recording debut in 1956 with the single Youre Mine, but following the death of Chuck in 1958 scraped around the live circuit for several years, both as a solo artist and as a sideman to performers such as Elmore James. He stumbled on a more lucrative angle during this period, building up a catalogue...