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Posts Tagged ‘Little Smokey Smothers’

Died On This Date (November 25, 2011) Lee “Shot” Williams / Chicago Blues Singer

Posted by themusicsover on November 25, 2011

Lee Williams
May 21, 1938 – November 25, 2011

Lee “Shot” Williams was a Mississippi born blues singer who made a name for himself after landing in Chicago in 1956.  In 1960, he joined his cousin Little Smokey Smothers’ band, and a few years later he found himself singing for Magic Sam.  In 1962, Williams began making his own records. Over the next few decades, he scored moderate hits with “Meat Man,” “Drop Your Laundry Baby,” “Welcome To The Club,” and “I Like Your Style,” to name a few.  Throughout his career, Williams released numerous albums that were well received by both fans and blues critics alike, the most recent being 2010’s The First Rule Of Cheating.   Lee “Shot” Williams was 73 when he passed away on November 25, 2011.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (November 20, 2010) Albert “Little Smokey” Smothers / Chicago Bluesman

Posted by themusicsover on November 20, 2010

Albert “Little Smokey” Smothers
January 2, 1939 – November 20, 2010

Little Smokey Smothers was a popular Chicago-area blues singer and guitarist.   Smothers was playing the guitar by the time he turned 15, and within two years, he had moved from his home in Mississippi to Chicago to make his mark.  In those early years, he played with the likes of Magic Sam, Otis Rush and Howlin’ Wolf, for whom he played on his Chess recordings.   During the early ’60s, Smothers met Paul Butterfield and soon helped him form the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.  He played with most of the blues greats during the ’60s, but his career all but dried up by the ’70s so he left the business to work construction.  His music career enjoyed a renaissance during the ’90s – he spent the next several years performing at popular blues festivals and recording albums.  After his health began to deteriorated during the mid-2000s due to diabetes, old friends and collaborators like Elvin Bishop stepped in to help with fund raisers, etc.  On November 20, 2010, Little Smokey Smothers died of natural causes.  He was 71.

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