Wet Willie

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: southern rock classic rock 70s rock blues blues rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Unusual among Southern boogie band of the 70s, Wet Willie included a strong R&B element in its music. The group was founded as Fox in 1970 in Mobile, Alabama by Jimmy Hall (vocals, saxophone, harmonica) and his brother Jack (bass). Other members were Ricky Hirsch (guitar), John Anthony (keyboards) and Lewis Ross (drums). Wet Willie was signed by Phil Walden to his Macon, Georgia-based Capricorn label, for whom it made seven albums before moving to Epic Records in 1978. The second album included Jimmy Hall’s creditable version of Otis Redding’s ‘Shout Bamalama’ but the first hit was the live recording Drippin’ Wet, for which they added female singers Donna Hall and Ella Brown, who had made solo records for Capricorn. This was followed by a Top 10 hit with the title track of Keep On Smilin’ which was produced by veteran Tom Dowd. The addition of keyboards player Michael Duke in 1976 brought another lead vocalist into the group,...

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