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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.

Various - Blowing The Fuse 1958 - Classics That Rocked The Jukebox

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Let's Jump Tonight - The Best Of Chuck Willis from 1951-'56 (CD)
Chuck Willis: Let's Jump Tonight - The Best Of Chuck Willis... Art-Nr.: CDEK53619

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(Sony) 26 tracks (70:46) including 7 previously unissued or alternate tracks. With 12 page booklet. Rare US pressing - sealed stock copy (Bear Family Records)
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Chuck Willis - My Story (CD Japan)
Chuck Willis: Chuck Willis - My Story (CD Japan) Art-Nr.: CDESCA7506

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(1993/Epic/Sony Japan) 14 tracks - sealed original stock copy
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Chuck Willis Wails The Blues (LP)
Chuck Willis: Chuck Willis Wails The Blues (LP) Art-Nr.: LPLN3425

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(Epic) 12 tracks - Re-issue of the original 1958 'Epic' album
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Chuck Willis - My Story (CD Longbox)
Chuck Willis: Chuck Willis - My Story (CD Longbox) Art-Nr.: CDCBS36389

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(1990/CBS) 14 Tracks - Original sealed US longbox! What Makes Your Big Head So Hard ? Rare 1950s R&B gems! Including the original version of Elvis Presley's cover 'I Feel So Bad'!
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My Story (CD)
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(1990/Sony) 14 tracks
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The King Of The Stroll (LP)
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(2011/Rumble) 13 tracks. Though well known to his fans as the "Sheik of the Blues", thanks to his gigantic private collection of colourful turbans he used on stage, by the end of 1957 the Atlanta-born Chuck Willis found himself crowned...
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The Real Story (CD)
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My Story, Vol.1 (CD)
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My Story, Vol.2 (CD)
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Rockin' With The Sheik Of The Blues (CD)
Chuck Willis: Rockin' With The Sheik Of The Blues (CD) Art-Nr.: CD263370

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(Hoodoo) 29 tracks featuring his rocking recordings for the 'Okeh', 'Epic' and 'Atlantic' labels
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I Rember C. Willis - The King Of The Stroll
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CD on COLLECTABLE RECORDS by Chuck Willis - I Rember C. Willis - The King Of The Stroll
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The Complete Recordings 1951-1957 (3-CD)
Chuck Willis: The Complete Recordings 1951-1957 (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJSP2303

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(2009/JSP) 78 tracks 1951-57
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I Feel So Bad - My Baby's Comin' Home 7inch, 45rpm
Chuck Willis: I Feel So Bad - My Baby's Comin' Home 7inch, 45rpm Art-Nr.: REP23035

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What a great black rocker - WOW!
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The Songs Of Chuck Willis (2-CD)
Chuck Willis & Various Artists: The Songs Of Chuck Willis (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS3075

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(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...
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