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 Robert “Willie” Egan

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Robert “Willie” Egan

  • Birth 1 Oct 1933 Minden, Webster Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Death 12 Aug 2004 Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Carson, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Crypt-Martin, S-15
  • Memorial ID 9316434

Blues Singer and Pianist. He moved to East Los Angeles with his grandmother at age 9 and on his uncle’s piano he learned to play by listening to recordings of Amos Milburn, Hadda Brooks and Nellie Lutcher. In 1949, he made a couple of recordings for the small Elko label and he hit his stride in the mid-1950s, recording for Larry Mead's Mambo and Vita labels. He recorded the successful singles "Wow Wow," "What a Shame," "Come On," "She's Gone Away, But" and "Wear Your Black Dress." His last solo single was "Rock and Roll Fever" in 1958. Later he teamed up for a few records with Marvin Phillips, who had a series of partners as "Johnny" under the Marvin & Johnny name. Eventually, he retired from making music in the 1960s to work as a hospital orderly. He enjoyed a comeback in the 1980s as European promoters rediscovered his mid-century rhythm and blues. Cause of death, cancer at age 70.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 14 Aug 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9316434
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert “Willie” Egan (1 Oct 1933–12 Aug 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9316434, citing Lincoln Memorial Park, Carson, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .