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Harold (Chuck) Willis (January 31, 1928 – April 10, 1958) was an American blues, rhythm and blues, and rock singer and songwriter; he was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His most successful recording was “C. C. Rider,” which topped the rhythm and blues chart in 1957 and also sold well in the pop market. He died suddenly of peritonitis while at the peak of his career, just after “What Am I Living For?”, backed by “Hang Up My Rock & Roll Shoes”, was released.

His hit “It’s Too Late (She’s Gone)” was covered by many, including Otis Redding, Roy Orbison, Eric Clapton’s Derek and the Dominos and the Grateful Dead. In 2005, it was heavily sampled by Kanye West on Late Registration’s “Gone.”


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  • RevolutionECW

    he is from India?

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • danielmendes

    thanks for the music willis!

    13 Jul 2012 Reply
  • RustyBucket66

    Chuck Willis wrote and recorded some of the most beautiful music of the 50's. Imagine what he might have done had he lived longer.

    24 Jan 2012 Reply
  • srv_

    I can't believe there's only one shout for Chuck Willis. This guy wrote some of the most enduring songs in rock & roll history and has been covered by numerous artists.

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
  • glassbottle

    This guy is great, Respect!

    23 Apr 2008 Reply

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