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(1952-53 'Federal') (51:58/19) Um die Urheberschaft von 'K.C. Lovin'' oder 'Kansas City',... more

Little Willie Littlefield: Going Back To Kay Cee (CD)

(1952-53 'Federal') (51:58/19) Um die Urheberschaft von 'K.C. Lovin'' oder 'Kansas City', einem der größten R&B-Erfolge aller Zeiten, stritt er sich mit dem Autoren-Duo Leiber & Stoller. Er behauptete, es geschrieben und dann an die beiden verkauft zu haben; Leiber/Stoller hingegen sagen, das Stück selbst komponiert zu haben ... Die Originalversion von 1952 und eine Overdub-Version von 1959 sind beide hier enthalten. Großartiger R&B / He claimed to have written and later sold 'K.C. Lovin'', one of the biggest r&b hits of all times. But also Leiber/Stoller say they wrote the tune ... The original recording of 'Kansas City', as the song later was called, as well as an overdub version from 1959 are included here. Superb r&b.

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Littlefield, Little Willie - Going Back To Kay Cee (CD) CD 1
01 Turn The Lamp Down Low (& LITTLE ESTHER)
02 Last Laugh Blues (& LITTLE ESTHER)
03 Monday Morning Blues (& LIL GREENWOOD)
04 Striking On You Baby
05 Blood Is Redder Than Wine
06 K.C. Lovin'
07 Pleading At Midnight
08 Kansas City (K.C. Lovin' with overdub)
09 The Midnight Hour Was Shining (take 2)
10 Miss K.C.'s Fine
11 The Midnight Hour Was Shining
12 Rock-A-Bye Baby
13 Sitting On The Curbstone
14 Jim Wilson's Boogie
15 My Best Wishes And Regards
16 (Please Don't Go) O-O-O-Oh
17 Falling Tears
18 Goofy Dust Blues
19 Don't Take My Heart Little Girl
Little Willie Littlefield The proverbial child prodigy, Little Willie Littlefield so... more
"Little Willie Littlefield"

Little Willie Littlefield

The proverbial child prodigy, Little Willie Littlefield so thoroughly absorbed the thundering piano prowess of his hero Albert Ammons that he was rocking houses on Houston's Dowling Street in his mid-teens. His penchant for romping boogies made him a natural answer to fellow Houstonian Amos Milburn, then a red-hot hitmaking commodity, so Modern Records swept him up in 1949 and brought him to L.A. His habit of setting piano triplets against a blues backbeat was soaked up down in New Orleans by Fats Domino, who made it a primary facet of his sound 

The native of El Campo, Texas (where he was born September 16, 1931) made his first 78s for Eddie Henry, the owner of Eddie's Record Shop on Dowling, who was so taken by Willie's sound that he launched his self-named Eddie's label to introduced Littlefield to the public, starting with Little Willie's Boogie in '48. Then Jules Bihari came to Houston and heard Little Willie at the El Dorado Ballroom. His first Modern hit in '49, It's Midnight, was done in Houston with future Ray Charles saxman Donald Wilkerson in the band, but subsequent Littlefield releases were cut on the coast. That includes Hit The Road, a self-penned jump (Jules Bihari appended his writing sobriquet to this one too) cut December 11, 1949 in L.A., that features some trebly in-your-face guitar, maybe by Chuck Norris.

Willie managed two more R&B chart entries, Farewell and I've Been Lost, before exiting Modern in 1952 and moving over to Federal Records. There he waxed the original version of Kansas City as K.C. Loving (somehow it avoided the charts altogether), as well as such memorable titles as The Midnight Hour Was Shining and Sitting On The Curbstone. While living in the Bay Area, Willie turned up on Don Barksdale's Rhythm logo with Ruby Ruby in 1957, then spent much of the next two decades entertaining San José supper club patrons. Littlefield moved to the Netherlands in the '80s and has undergone quite a career revival since then, playing prestigious festivals worldwide (including the Ponderosa Stomp and the Chicago Blues Festival in 2009).

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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