Little Willie John Similar Artists

LaVern Baker - 100% match to Little Willie John

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Blues Soundtracks Vocals Jazz
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Delores Williams, 11 November 1929, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 10 March 1997, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. Baker was a pioneering voice in the fusion of R&B and rock ‘n’ roll in the 50s. In 1947 she was discovered in a Chicago nightclub by band leader Fletcher Henderson. Although still in her teens, the singer won a recording contract with the influ Read more

Clyde McPhatter - 95% match to Little Willie John

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Doo Wop
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Clyde Lensley McPhatter, 15 November 1932, Durham, North Carolina, USA, d. 13 June 1972, New York City, New York, USA. For three years, McPhatter was the lead singer in the seminal R&B vocal group Billy Ward And His Dominoes. He left in 1953 to form the Drifters, whose early releases were enhanced by the singer’s emotional, gospel-drenched delivery. In 1954 McPhatte Read more

Ike & Tina Turner - 88% match to Little Willie John

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Blues
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Ike Turner - 88% match to Little Willie John

Genres: R&B / Soul Music Videos & Concerts Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Jazz Pop / Rock
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Izear Luster Turner Jnr., 5 November 1931, Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA, d. 12 November 2007, San Marcos, California, USA. R&B stalwart Ike Turner was a music business legend for the best and worst of reasons. As the undisputed leader of the Ike And Tina Turner Revue he helped to revolutionize the world of R&B and live performance in the 60s. As a husband to Tina Tu Read more

Big Maybelle - 84% match to Little Willie John

Genres: R&B / Soul Blues Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
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Mabel Louise Smith, 1 May 1924, Jackson, Tennessee, USA, d. 23 January 1972, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Maybelle was discovered singing in church by Memphis band leader Dave Clark in 1935. When Clark disbanded his orchestra to concentrate on record promotion, Smith moved to Christine Chatman’s orchestra with whom she first recorded for Decca Records in 1944. Three years late Read more

Johnny Otis - 84% match to Little Willie John

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Dance Jazz
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Ioannis Veliotes, 28 December 1921, Vallejo, California, USA. Born into a family of Greek immigrants, Otis was raised in a largely black neighbourhood where he thoroughly absorbed the prevailing culture and lifestyle. He began playing drums in his mid-teens and worked for a time with some of the locally based jazz bands, including, in 1941, Lloyd Hunter’s orchestra. In Read more

Earl King - 81% match to Little Willie John

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
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Earl Silas Johnson IV, 7 February 1934, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 17 April 2003, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The son of a blues pianist, King became an accomplished guitarist and singer with local bands before making his first recordings in 1953 for Savoy Records (‘Have You Gone Crazy’, credited to Earl Johnson) and Specialty Records (‘A Mother’s L Read more

Maxine Brown - 75% match to Little Willie John

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Urban & Rap
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27 April 1932, Kingstree, South Carolina, USA. Having sung in two New York gospel groups, the Manhattans and the Royaltones, Brown made her recording debut on Nomar with ‘All In My Mind’. A US Top 20 hit in 1961, this uptown soul ballad was followed by another hit single, ‘Funny’. A period at ABC-Paramount then passed before Brown signed to Wand Records a Read more

Ruth Brown - 73% match to Little Willie John

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Blues Comedy Music Videos & Concerts Funk Jazz Blues Vocals Pop / Rock
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12 January 1928, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA, d. 17 November 2006, Henderson, Nevada, USA. Brown started her musical career singing gospel at an early age in the church choir led by her father. In 1948 she was singing with a band led by her husband Jimmy in Washington, DC, when Willis Conover (from the radio show Voice Of America) recommended her to Ahmet Ertegun of the newly Read more

Bo Diddley - 72% match to Little Willie John

Genres: Pop / Rock Blues R&B / Soul Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Comedy Country & Bluegrass Jazz Soundtracks
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Otha Ellas Bates (later known as Ellas McDaniel), 30 December 1928, McComb, Mississippi, USA. After beginning his career as a boxer, where he received the sobriquet ‘Bo Diddley’, the singer worked the blues clubs of Chicago with a repertoire influenced by Louis Jordan, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters. In late 1954, he teamed up with Billy Boy Arnold and recorded Read more

Wilson Pickett - 67% match to Little Willie John

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Musicals & The Arts R&B / Soul Blues Comedy Easy Listening Music Videos & Concerts
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18 March 1941, Prattville, Alabama, USA, d. 19 January 2006, Reston, Virginia, USA. The ‘wicked Pickett’ was one of the great southern soul singers to emerge during the 60s. Pickett moved to Detroit, Michigan in his early teens. He joined gospel group the Violinaires and embarked on church tours throughout North America. In his late teens he graduated to secular mu Read more

Chuck Willis - 64% match to Little Willie John

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Blues
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Don Covay - 63% match to Little Willie John

Genres: R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Dance Funk
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Donald Randolph, 24 March 1938, Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA. Covay resettled in Washington during the early 50s and initially sang in the Cherry Keys, his family’s gospel quartet. He crossed over to secular music with the Rainbows, a formative vocal group that also included Marvin Gaye and Billy Stewart. Covay’s solo career began in 1957 as part of the Little R Read more

Lloyd Price - 61% match to Little Willie John

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Easy Listening Blues Jazz
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9 March 1933, Kenner, Louisiana, USA. Price, who launched his career in the early 50s performing rocking R&B, New Orleans-style, was - like his Crescent City compatriot Fats Domino - made for the rock ‘n’ roll era. He did not have to modify his approach at all to become a rock ‘n’ roll hit-maker in the late 50s. Price formed his own band in New Orlean Read more

Wynonie Harris - 61% match to Little Willie John

Genres: Blues R&B / Soul Pop / Rock Country & Bluegrass Doo Wop
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24 August 1915, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, d. 14 June 1969, Los Angeles, California, USA. This stylish, flamboyant blues shouter enjoyed several R&B hit singles in the immediate post-war period. As a youth Harris played drums in and around his home town before moving to Los Angeles in the early 40s. There he played, danced, sang and worked in several non-musical capacities in Read more

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