Larry Williams – The Very Best Of Larry Williams (2 CD Set)


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Release Date:  2016

Label:  One Way Music


Track List

1-1 Short Fat Fannie
1-2 Dizzy Miss Lizzy
1-3 High School Dance
1-4 Slow Down
1-5 You Bug Me,Baby
1-6 Lawdy Miss Clawdy
1-7 Little School Girl
1-8 Hootchy-Koo
1-9 I Wanna Know
1-10 Everyday I Wonder
1-11 Oh Baby
1-12 She Said Yeah
1-13 Teardrops
1-14 Let Me Tell You Baby
1-15 Baby,Baby
2-1 Bony Moronie
2-2 Just Because
2-3 Get Ready
2-4 Ting A Ling
2-5 My Baby’s Got Soul
2-6 I Hear My Baby
2-7 Bad Boy
2-8 The Dummy
2-9 Give Me Love
2-10 I Was A Fool
2-11 Steal A Little Kiss
2-12 Make A Little Love
2-13 Peaches And Cream
2-14 Like A Gentleman Oughta
2-15 I Can’t Stop Loving You



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” — became genuine rock & roll classics and were recorded by British Invasion groups; John Lennon, in particular, was a fan of Williams, recording several of his songs over the course of his career.

As a child in New Orleans, Williams learned how to play piano. When he was a teenager, he and his family moved to Oakland, CA, where he joined a local R&B group called the Lemon Drops. In 1954, when he was 19 years old, Williams went back to New Orleans for a visit. During his trip, he met Lloyd Price, who was recording for Specialty Records. Price hired the teenager as his valet and introduced him to Robert “Bumps” Blackwell, the label’s house producer. Soon, the label’s owner, Art Rupe, signed Williams to a solo recording contract.

Just after Specialty signed Larry Williams, Specialty lost Little Richard, who had been their biggest star and guaranteed hitmaker. Little Richard decided to abandon rock & roll for the ministry shortly after Williams cut his first single, a cover of Price’s “Just Because,” with Richard’s backing band; “Just Because” peaked at number 11 on the R&B charts in the spring of 1957. After Richard left the label, the label put all of its energy into making Williams a star, giving him an image makeover and a set of material — ranging from hard R&B and rock & roll to ballads — that was quite similar to Richard’s hits.

Williams’ first post-Little Richard single was the raucous “Short Fat Fannie,” which shot to number one on the R&B charts and number five on the pop charts in the summer of 1957. It was followed in the fall by “Bony Maronie,” which hit number four on the R&B charts and number 14 on the pop charts. Williams wasn’t able to maintain that momentum, however. “You Bug Me, Baby” and “Dizzy Miss Lizzy,” his next two singles, missed the R&B charts but became minor pop hits in late 1957 and early 1958. Despite the relative failure of these singles, Williams’ records became popular import items in Britain; the Beatles would cover both sides of the “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” single (the B-side was “Slow Down”) in the mid-’60s. However, Williams’ commercial fortunes in America continued to decline, despite Specialty’s release of a constant stream of singles and one full-length album.

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