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Swamp Dogg

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Portsmouth, Virginia Beach VA, United States

Swamp Dogg (born Jerry Williams, Jr. on the 14th of July, 1942), is certainly one of the most eccentric people associated with American deep-soul music. Described as “Wilson Pickett meets Frank Zappa in a bad mood,” Swamp has also been infamous for his idiosyncratic and odd album covers (his association with the anti-Vietnam movement also allegedly put him on Nixon’s enemies list). Swamp released many albums over his long career on numerous record-labels (many of them indie), often leading to next to no promotion for his releases and keeping him firmly a cult musical figure. Despite his own music’s cult-status, Swamp has wrote hits for Gene Pitney, Johnny Paycheck, and a host of others (as well as producing numerous artists). His music has been sampled by many hip-hop artists such as Talib Kweli and Jurassic 5. He is still recording to this day, his latest album, released in 2007, is titled, Resurrection.

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