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Little Willie Littlefield

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Little Willie Littlefield (born September 16, 1931, El Campo, Texas, United States) is an American R&B pianist and singer.

By 1947, at the age of sixteen, Littlefield was already a local attraction on many of Houston’s Dowling Street Clubs and was recording for local record shop proprietor Eddie Henry who ran his own label “Eddies”.
Influenced by Albert Ammons, Charles Brown, and Amos Milburn his first recording, “Little Willie’s Boogie” was a hit in Texas in 1949, and brought him to the attention of Jules Bihari, one of the Bihari brothers of Modern Records in Los Angeles, California. There, he recorded “It’s Midnight”, which became a national hit reaching #3 on the Billboard R&B chart. He became a major nightclub attraction and recorded with West Coast musicians such as Maxwell Davis.
Don Wilkerson, Littlefield’s old school buddy and the leading saxman in his band, also travelled to Los Angeles, but Milburn promptly stole him to lead his own new band ‘The Aladdin Chickenshackers’.
Modern Records booked Littlefield for three recording sessions during October 1949, followed by more sessions in the following two months at Radio Recorders in Hollywood. During these three months alone, over 22 sides were cut - an unusual output when compared to most other artists who averaged only two sessions a year. Other musicians for these sessions included Maxwell Davis and Buddy Floyd, guitarists Chuck Norris and Johnny Moore, and drummers Al Wichard and Jessie Price.[3]

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