Detroit Junior

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Decades: 1970s 1990s 2000s


Emery H. Williams Jnr., 26 October 1931, Haynes, Arkansas, USA, d. 9 August 2005, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Blues pianist Junior became interested in music in the mid-40s. In the early 50s, as a pianist and band leader, he had a residency in a Detroit club where he backed artists such as Rosco Gordon and Amos Milburn, the latter greatly influencing his songwriting. Eddie Boyd took Junior to Chicago, where he teamed up with J.T. Brown and then later with Mac Simmons. From 1960 onwards, Junior recorded singles for many local labels, and his best-known songs were the much-covered ‘Money Tree’ and ‘Call My Job’. In the late 60s and 70s he toured and recorded with Howlin’ Wolf and besides recording albums for The Blues On Blues and Wolf labels, he was also part of Alligator Records’ Living Chicago Blues series. This talented blues entertainer remained under-recorded, although he did release two studio albums for the Blue Suit label in the...

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