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(2016/Jasmine) 50 Tracks, 1951-1961 - Today Chuck Willis is rightly acknowledged as a... more

Chuck Willis & Various Artists: The Songs Of Chuck Willis (2-CD)

(2016/Jasmine) 50 Tracks, 1951-1961 - Today Chuck Willis is rightly acknowledged as a breakthrough pioneer of R&B who, after a few years of R&B only chart hits suddenly broke through to the pop market with five hits between 1957 and 1958. 'It's Too Late' was a hit for Chuck in 1956 and proved instantly popular with other R&B stars as well as pop stars generating recordings from Buddy Holly, Eric Clapton, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich (featured here), Otis Redding and many others including most recently, Kanye West who used a sample of Otis Redding's version of the song, 'It's Too Late' on his multi-platinum album, 'Late Registration' for the track 'Gone'. Chuck Willis was a real singer/songwriter before the description was ever used and this superb 2CD set from Jasmine is a fitting testimonial to Chuck's immense talent.

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Willis, Chuck - The Songs Of Chuck Willis (2-CD) CD 1
01 I Rule My House Chuck Willis
02 It's Too Late, Baby Chuck Willis
03 Loud Mouth Lucy Chuck Willis
04 Caldonia Chuck Willis
05 My Story Chuck Willis
06 Going To The River Chuck Willis
07 Don't Deceive Me Chuck Willis
08 You're Still My Baby Chuck Willis
09 I Feel So Bad Chuck Willis
10 Lawdy Miss Mary Chuck Willis
11 Come On Home Chuck Willis
12 It's Too Late Chuck Willis
13 Kansas City Woman Chuck Willis
14 Juanita Chuck Willis
15 Whatcha' Gonna Do When Your Baby Leaves You Chuck Willis
16 C.C. Rider Chuck Willis
17 Betty And Dupree Chuck Willis
18 What Am I Living For? Chuck Willis
19 Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes Chuck Willis
20 My Life Chuck Willis
21 Thunder And Lightning Chuck Willis
22 Keep A-Driving Chuck Willis
23 You'll Be My Love Chuck Willis
24 From The Bottom Of My Heart Chuck Willis
Willis, Chuck - The Songs Of Chuck Willis (2-CD) CD 2
01 My Story Lula Reed
02 Oh, What A Dream Ruth Brown
03 The Door Is Still Open The Cardinals
04 Close Your Eyes The Admirals
05 Of Course I Do LaVern Baker & The Gliders
06 Close Your Eyes The Five Keys
07 Search My Heart Patti Page
08 (Close Your Eyes) Take A Deep Breath Eydie Gormé & Steve Lawrence
09 From The Bottom Of My Heart The Clovers
10 Peace And Love The Five Keys
11 It's Too Late Buddy Holly & The Crickets
12 What Am I Living For Ernest Tubb
13 From The Bottom Of My Heart The Five Keys
14 Sugar, Sugar The Cadillacs
15 Cut It Out Joe Tex
16 Southern Love Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks
17 Don't Deceive Me Ruth Brown
18 Juanita Charlie Rich
19 The Door Is Still Open Ruth Brown
20 You're Still My Baby (Part 1) Bobby Marchan
21 You're Still My Baby (Part 2) Bobby Marchan
22 Whatcha' Gonna Do (Southern Love) Vince Taylor & His Playboys
23 I Feel So Bad Elvis Presley
24 C.C. Rider Jimmy Clanton
25 It's Too Late Charlie Rich
26 The Door Is Still Open The Skyliners
Chuck Willis What Am I Living For Much, perhaps too much, has been made of the fact that... more
"Chuck Willis & Various Artists"

Chuck Willis

What Am I Living For

Much, perhaps too much, has been made of the fact that two of the last songs Chuck recorded were What Am I Living For? and Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes. The same fuss was made when Hank Williams was in the charts with I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive on the day he died. Neither of Chuck's songs, nor Hank's for that matter, portended death. What Am I Living For? was a rather touching love song, co-written by Fred Jacobson (aka Fred Jay) who’d co-written LaVern Baker’s I Cried A Tear.  A month or so after the session, Chuck fell ill after eating some barbecue.

He tried to put off an operation that would remove seventy percent of his stomach, but finally agreed to it. He was operated on at the Hugh Spaulding Hospital in Atlanta, and came home to recuperate shortly afterward. He was rushed back a week later coughing blood. He seemed to recover a little but suffered a relapse and died around 2:30 AM on Thursday April 10, 1958. "He was the rhythm 'n' blues Hank Williams," said Danny Kessler, who recorded him for OKeh. Atlanta dee-jay Zenas Sears, who’d long sponsored Willis, remembered how bad he looked the last time he’d seen him. "The operation was long overdue," he said. "He just knew he was gonna die from [it].

I guess if you feel that strongly about something, maybe it's just bound to happen." The IRS was less sentimental; he died owing unpaid taxes on his bandmembers' salaries, and that's probably where most of the proceeds from this huge posthumous hit went.

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Willis, Chuck - The Songs Of Chuck Willis (2-CD) CD 1
01 I Rule My House
02 It's Too Late, Baby
03 Loud Mouth Lucy
04 Caldonia
05 My Story
06 Going To The River
07 Don't Deceive Me
08 You're Still My Baby
09 I Feel So Bad
10 Lawdy Miss Mary
11 Come On Home
12 It's Too Late
13 Kansas City Woman
14 Juanita
15 Whatcha' Gonna Do When Your Baby Leaves You
16 C.C. Rider
17 Betty And Dupree
18 What Am I Living For?
19 Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes
20 My Life
21 Thunder And Lightning
22 Keep A-Driving
23 You'll Be My Love
24 From The Bottom Of My Heart
Willis, Chuck - The Songs Of Chuck Willis (2-CD) CD 2
01 My Story
02 Oh, What A Dream
03 The Door Is Still Open
04 Close Your Eyes
05 Of Course I Do
06 Close Your Eyes
07 Search My Heart
08 (Close Your Eyes) Take A Deep Breath
09 From The Bottom Of My Heart
10 Peace And Love
11 It's Too Late
12 What Am I Living For
13 From The Bottom Of My Heart
14 Sugar, Sugar
15 Cut It Out
16 Southern Love
17 Don't Deceive Me
18 Juanita
19 The Door Is Still Open
20 You're Still My Baby (Part 1)
21 You're Still My Baby (Part 2)
22 Whatcha' Gonna Do (Southern Love)
23 I Feel So Bad
24 C.C. Rider
25 It's Too Late
26 The Door Is Still Open