Blues Boy Willie

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Willie has been singing the blues almost all of his life because "I love them," he says.  Born William D. McFalls on November 28, 1946 in Memphis Texas, Willie was taught to play blues harmonica at any early age.  His father toured with Ma Rainey's minstrel show, and it was that childhood background that made Willie a juke professional at the age of eight.

After graduating from Memphis High School, Willie figured on going into a singing career although friends tried to discourage him by telling him he'd better get a day job instead.  He disregard his friend's advise and studied music at Clarendon Junior College where he learned to play the upright bass and toured the college circuit as a guitarist.  Later he moved to Los Angeles where he spent ten years "trying to promote my songs" and toured up and down the California coast with a blues trio. 

In 1988 Willie's childhood buddy, Gary B.B. Coleman (A&R man/producer) brought him into the Ichiban Records family.  There Willie's second album, "Be Who" spawned the huge jukebox hit by the same name.  This album stayed on the Billboard's R&B Album Chart for 21 weeks.

It was also through B.B. Coleman that Johnny Rawls met Willie and together, they started the "Blues Review" touring throughout the south performing with Rufus Thomas, Tyrone Davis and Johnny Taylor.

It was only natural for Johnny Rawls to contact his good friend, Blues Boy Willie to be one of the first artists on his new label, Deep South Sound.

 

 Listen to Blues Boy's Current Album "BACK AGAIN".

 

 

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