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William Edgar "Little Willie" John
Birth: Nov. 15, 1937
Cullendale
Ouachita County
Arkansas, USA
Death: May 26, 1968
Walla Walla
Walla Walla County
Washington, USA

Singer, Entertainer. Born in Arkansas and raised in Detroit, he sang with Count Basie at age 14 and won a talent contest. In 1955, had his first moderate hit with "All Around the World" which reached #5 on the R&B Chart, and #6 on the Pop Chart. The next year he recorded "Fever" which hit #1 on the R&B chart for 5 weeks. The song was later recorded by Peggy Lee. Other songs which he had hits with include "Need Your Love So Bad," "Home At Last," "Talk to Me," "Leave My Kitten Alone," and "Sleep." A man who had a volatile temper, especially when fueled by alcohol and his sensitivity to his height (5'4"), he was known to get into fights. In 1966 he stabbed a man to death in a Seattle Cafe. He was convicted and sent to Washington State Prison where he died (officially) of a heart attack. Rumor also says he was stangled. He was buried in Detroit. (bio by: Chuck Kearns) 
 
Burial:
Detroit Memorial Park East
Warren
Macomb County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Section 17, Lot/Grave: 2856
 
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Originally Created by: Chuck Kearns
Record added: Feb 15, 2006
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