Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Fever !

Little Willie John has got to be one of the most underrated singers of all time. Even though he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, many people still don't know who he is. His debut recording, a smoking version of Titus Turner's "All around the World" from 1955, set the pattern for a remarkable string of hits: "Need Your Love So Bad," "Suffering with the Blues," "Fever," "Let Them Talk," and his last, "Sleep," from 1961. His version of "Fever" (1956) was copied note for note by Peggy Lee and Elvis Presley, both of whom had bigger hits with it; John's version, however, remains definitive. John had a volatile temper, fueled by a taste for liquor and an insecurity regarding his slight height (5 ft 4 in). He was known to pack a gun and knife; in 1964, he stabbed a man and was sent to the Washington State penitentiary, where he died of pneumonia in 1968 at the age of thirty.
I’m Shakin’.

Little Willie John - Fever

Little Willie John - Suffering With The Blues

Little Willie John - I'm Shakin'


Blogger Niandi said...

another stunning selection of tracks reverend! your daily sermons are a highlight in my day. Thank you for sharing your knowlege and good taste

10:01 PM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Thank you Brother Niandi.
(or thanx mate, as you want).

9:45 AM  
Blogger Niandi said...

Hi Rev
any chance of a repost of Sufferin ? I've downloaded about 6 times and the track is cutting out at the the 1.10 minute mark just as it hit's the bridge....I'm sufferin

11:30 PM  
Blogger tedcogs said...

This time you beat me to the punch, I've been contemplating a Little Willie John post over at TRT!,... I took a few days off and posted Patty & the Emblems instead.

7:18 AM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Whoops sorry Ted !
(Niandi, it's fixed)

6:39 PM  
Blogger K John said...

LWJ fans ...

If you like: Fever, Suffering With The Blues and I'm Shakin' then you've got to hear; Need Your Love So bad, Heartbreak It's Hurtin Me and A Cottage For Sale.

Next year, there will be a New book out chronicling the Life and Career of LWJ ...

Stay tuned ... :)

10:37 PM  

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