Friday, February 11, 2005

Slow Down




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.
Bad Boy.

Larry Williams - Slow Down

Larry Williams - The Dummy



3 Comments:

Blogger Brownie said...

Amen Amen. Dear Reverend - your blog is so cool! A long distance bow to you from Australia.

12:21 AM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

And God is playing waltzing Mathilda...

10:10 AM  
Blogger Dan Phillips said...

Glad to see/hear you bloggin'some Larry Williams along with your other hip offerings. Of course, I am partial to those New Orleans cats. Don't forget that Larry's rock 'n roll sound was greatly enhanced by fine New Orleans expatriate LA session players like Plas Johnson (sax), Earl Palmer (drums) and Rene Hall (guitar). Yeah, Larry was the bad boy he sang about. He did some good work with Johnny Guitar Watson before flaming out. Mr Deep Soul Junkie ran some of that a while back.

6:07 AM  

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