A rough, rowdy rock & roll singer, Larry Williams had several hits in the late '50s, several of which — "Bony Maroney," "Dizzy, Miss Lizzy," "Short Fat Fannie," "Bad Boy," "She Said Yeah"… Larry was born in New Orleans in 1935. He apparently worked for a time as a valet to Lloyd Price, which led to his recording for Specialty. His first big hit was Short Fat Fannie, on Specialty. It was a wild party song somewhat similar to something that Little Richard was doing at the same time. The wild songs established Larry Williams as a serious rock-and-roll performer in 1957. But his career might have had more impact had he not become seriously involved with the drug scene. In 1980, Williams was found dead in his Los Angeles home; he died of a gunshot wound to his head. The medical examiners called the death a suicide, but rumors persisted for years after his death that he was murdered because of his involvement in drugs, crime and — allegedly — prostitution.
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