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Willie Weeks (born 1947) is an American bassist.

Weeks was born in Salemburg, North Carolina, and began playing the electric bass in the early 1960s. His earliest influences were the country, pop and R&B music he heard on the radio, and counts bassists James Jamerson, Ray Brown, and Ron Carter as inspirations. He has worked in the studio and toured with artists as varied as Stevie Wonder, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Ronnie Wood, Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, David Bowie, Gregg Allman, Michael McDonald, The Doobie Brothers, Kevin Chalfant, Hank Crawford, Wynonna Judd, Vince Gill, Richard and Linda Thompson, Don McLean and Lyle Lovett. He has also played with legends such as B.B. King, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Joe Walsh, Robert Cray, Bobby Womack, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Randy Newman, James Taylor, Billy Joel and John Mayer.

Weeks’ playing on Donny Hathaway’s Live (1972), including a 3 1/2 minute bass solo on “Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)”, [1] is regarded by many bass players as some of Week’s most acclaimed work. Weeks played a 1962 Fender P-Bass through an Ampeg B-15 amplifier on the recording. Weeks also played on the 1975 No. 1 single “Fame” by David Bowie.

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