Lee "Shot" Williams

Genres: Blues
Decades: 1990s 2000s


Henry Lee Williams, 21 May 1938, Tchula, Mississippi, USA. For most of his career, Williams has been a journeyman singer on the chitlin circuit, eschewing identification with the blues scene until recently. He grew up with his cousins, Little Smokey Smothers and Otis ‘Big Smokey’ Smothers. When his mother died in the mid-50s, he was adopted by the family of singer Arlean Brown. After spending time in Detroit, he moved to Chicago in 1958 and worked in a bakery until the pressure of gigging every night led to a full-time singing career. He made his first single, ‘Hello Baby’, for Foxy in 1961. Two years later, he signed to Federal and released three singles, including ‘You’re Welcome To The Club’, later covered by Little Milton. Other records emerged during the 60s, on labels such as Palos, Gamma, Shama and Sussex. During much of that time, he toured the south with Earl Hooker’s band. In the 70s, he indulged a talent for...

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