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Little Willie John

voc, 1937-1968 US, Cullendale
Singer / Musician / Songwriter of R&B/Soul and Blues
A.k.a. William Edward John

R&B singer, born 15 November 1937 in Cullendale, Arkansas, died 26 May 1968 in Walla Walla, Washington. During his short career Willie had many hits, from 1956's Fever to 1961's Take My Love (I Want To Give It All To You). He was signed to King Records (3) his whole career and headlined at New York City's Apollo Theater alongside James Brown many times. He went to prison after stabbing a man at his own engagement party in Seattle and eventually died in Washington State Prison of pneumonia in 1968 (although the report of death states it was a heart attack). James Brown managed to get Willie out on parole two years before he died, but he had to go back in again after crossing the state line to Los Angeles thus violating the parole regulations. James Brown eventually recorded a tribute album to him: Thinking Of Little Willie John... And A Few Other Nice Things. Little Willie John was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1996. Brother of Mable John and Mertis John.

     
Genres
  • R&B/Soul
  • Blues
  • Rock
Popular Tracks   
Need Your Love So Bad on Fever by Little Willie John
Fever on Fever by Little Willie John
I'm Shakin' on Sure Things by Little Willie John
My Love Is on Sure Things by Little Willie John
You Hurt Me on Fever by Little Willie John
No Regrets on In Action! by Little Willie John
All Around The World on Fever by Little Willie John
Talk To Me, Talk To Me on Fever by Little Willie John
Leave My Kitten Alone on In Action! by Little Willie John
My Nerves on Fever by Little Willie John

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Little Willie John (Vol.2)Little Willie John2016Compil.
Let's Rock While The Rockin's GoodLittle Willie John2015Compil.
I'm Shakin / My NervesLittle Willie John2015Single
The King Sessions 1958-1959Little Willie John2013Compil.
It Only Hurts A Little While / Don't Play With LoveLittle Willie John2013Single
Little Willie John (Vol.1)Little Willie John2013Single
Sleep - The Singles As & Bs 1955-1961Little Willie John2013Compil.
Complete Hit Singles A's & B'sLittle Willie John2012Compil.
The PressureLittle Willie John2011Single
Mister Little Willie John Plus Talk To MeLittle Willie John2010Compil.
Fever / Uh Uh Baby (No No Baby)Little Willie John2010Single
Home At Last / (I Need) SomeoneLittle Willie John2009Single
What Do You Want With My Love / I'm ShakinLittle Willie John2009Single
Heaven All Around Me - The Later King Sessions 1961-63Little Willie John2009Compil.
Nineteen Sixty Six: The David Axelrod & HB Barnum SessionsLittle Willie John2008Album
Soul Fever Selected Singles 1955-56James Brown Vs Little Willie John2007Compil.
The King Sessions 1958-1960Little Willie John2005Compil.
The Early King SessionsLittle Willie John2002Compil.
The Very Best Of Little Willie JohnLittle Willie John2001Compil.
FeverLittle Willie John1997Compil.
Fever: The Best Of Little Willie JohnLittle Willie John1993Compil.
FeverLittle Willie John1990Compil.
Need Your Love So BadLittle Willie John1990Single
A Cottage For Sale / The Continental WalkLittle Willie John / Hank Ballard & The Midnighters1988Single
Fever / SleepLittle Willie John1988Single
The Big Town (Fever)Little Willie John1987Single
Little Willie JohnLittle Willie John1986Compil.
Grits And SoulLittle Willie John1985Compil.
Heartbreak (It's Hurtin' Me) / FlamingoLittle Willie John1982Single
Free At LastLittle Willie John1979Compil.
All 15 Of His Chart Hits (1953-1962)Little Willie John1977Compil.
Free At LastLittle Willie John1976Compil.
Fever / Let Them TalkLittle Willie John1968Single
Sings All Originals - 24 SongsLittle Willie John1966Compil.
Talk To Me,Talk To MeLittle Willie John1965Single
All Around The World / All My Love Belongs To YouLittle Willie John1964Single
Rock Love / It Only Hurts A Little WhileLittle Willie John1964Single
Do Something For Me / Don't You Know I'm In LoveLittle Willie John1964Single
The Sweet, The Hot, The Teenage BeatLittle Willie John1964Single
Bill Bailey / My Love Will Never ChangeLittle Willie John1964Single
So Lovely / Inside InformationLittle Willie John1963Single
Person To Person / I'm Shakin'Little Willie John1963Single
My Baby's In Love With Another Guy / Come On SugarLittle Willie John1963Single
Let Them Talk / Talk To Me (Talk To Me)Little Willie John1963Single
Don't Play With LoveLittle Willie John1963Single
She Thinks I Still Care / Come Back To MeLittle Willie John1962Single
Every Beat Of My HeartLittle Willie John1962Single
Uh Uh BabyLittle Willie John1962Single
The Masquerade Is Over / KatangaLittle Willie John1962Single
Come On And Join Little Willie John At A Recording SessionLittle Willie John1962Album
Uh Uh Baby - Don't Be Ashamed To Call My NameLittle Willie John1962Single
Half A Love / Without A FriendLittle Willie John1962Single
Doll Face / Big Blue DiamondsLittle Willie John1962Single
Every Beat Of My Heart / I Wish I Could CryLittle Willie John1962Single
Fever / Bo-Da-Ley Didd-LeyLittle Willie John1962Single
Sure ThingsLittle Willie John1961Album
Take My Love (I Want To Give It All To You) / Now You KnowLittle Willie John1961Single
I'm Sorry / The Very Thought Of YouLittle Willie John1961Single
These Are My Favorite SongsLittle Willie John1961Compil.
I'll Never Go Back On My Word / Leave My Kitten AloneLittle Willie John1961Single
Need Your Love So Bad / Drive Me HomeLittle Willie John1961Single
The Sweet, The Hot, The Teen-Age BeatLittle Willie John1961Album
Autumn Leaves / There Is Someone In This World For MeLittle Willie John1961Single
Flamingo / (I've Got) Spring FeverLittle Willie John1961Single
In ActionLittle Willie John1960Album
Walk Slow / You Hurt MeLittle Willie John1960Single
My Love-Is / Loving CareLittle Willie John1960Single
The Hoochi Coochi Coo / Walk SlowHank Ballard & The Midnighters, Little Willie John1960Single
Walk Slow / The Hoochi Coochi CooLittle Willie John / Hank Ballard & The Midnighters1960Single
Heartbreak (It's Hurtin' Me)Little Willie John1960Single
I'm Shakin'Little Willie John1960Single
Sleep / There's A DifferenceLittle Willie John1960Single
Made For Me / No More In LifeLittle Willie John1959Single
Let Them Talk / Right ThereLittle Willie John1959Single
No Regrets / I'll Carry Your Love Wherever I GoLittle Willie John1959Single
Leave My Kitten Alone / Let Nobody Love YouLittle Willie John1959Single
Talk To Me, Talk To Me / SpasmsLittle Willie John1958Single
Talk To MeLittle Willie John1958Album
Let's Rock While The Rockin's Good / You're A SweetheartLittle Willie John1958Album
All My Love Belongs To You / Why Don't You Haul Off And Love MeLittle Willie John1958Single
Talk To Me, Talk To Me / SpasmsLittle Willie John1958Single
Tell It Like It Is / Don't Be Ashamed To Call My NameLittle Willie John1958Single
Talk To MeLittle Willie John1958Single
Mister Little Willie JohnLittle Willie John1958Album
1 - Talk To Me, Talk To MeLittle Willie John1958Single
Love, Life And Money / You Got To Get Up Early In The MorningLittle Willie John1957Album
Young Girl / If I Thought You Needed MeLittle Willie John1957Album
Dinner Date / Uh Uh Baby (No No Baby)Little Willie John1957Album
Person To Person / Until You DoLittle Willie John1957Single
Look What You've Done To MeLittle Willie John1957Single
Are You Ever Coming Back / I'm Stickin' With You BabyLittle Willie John1956Album
FeverLittle Willie John1956Single
FeverLittle Willie John1956Album
I've Been Around / Suffering With The BluesLittle Willie John1956Album
Fever / Uh Uh Baby (No No Baby)Little Willie John1956Album
My Nerves / Do Something For MeLittle Willie John1956Album
A Little Bit Of LovingLittle Willie John1956Single
All Around The World / Don't Leave Me DearLittle Willie John1955Album
Home At Last / Need Your Love So BadLittle Willie John1955Album
Mommy What Happened To Our Christmas Tree / Jingle BellsLittle Willie John1953Single
Fever / Honolulu Rock-A-Roll-ALittle Willie John / Moon Mullican with Boyd Bennett And His RocketsAlbum
All Around The World / Need Your Love So BadLittle Willie JohnSingle
Sleep / Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's GoLittle Willie John Vs. Hank Ballard & The MidnightersSingle
All Around The World / Take My LoveLittle Willie JohnSingle
Need Your Love So BadLittle Willie JohnSingle
Until Again My Love / Mister GlennLittle Willie JohnSingle
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