Little Willie Littlefield

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

16 September 1931, El Campo, Texas, USA. By the age of 16, Littlefield was emulating his hero Amos Milburn, shouting the blues and hammering the pianos of nearby Houston’s Dowling Street clubs. He made his recording debut the following year for the local Eddie’s Records and for the Freedom label. In August 1949, Littlefield was discovered by the Bihari Brothers, who had flown to Houston to find their own version of Aladdin’s Amos Milburn, and signed him to their Los Angeles-based Modern Records label. Littlefield’s first Modern session, recorded in Houston, resulted in the huge hit ‘It’s Midnight’, which featured his schoolfriend, Don Wilkerson, on tenor saxophone. From October 1949, Littlefield was recording in Los Angeles, but subsequent releases did not match the promise of the debut single, in spite of bands that included Jimmy ‘Maxwell Street’ Davis, Chuck Norris and Johnny Moore. In 1952, Littlefield signed with...

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