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Episode #697 – Chuck Willis, Pt. 1 – 1951-54

Air Week: September 11-17, 2023

Chuck Willis, Pt. 1 – 1951-54

This week, the “Juke” features part 1 of a 2 part special on the great and much underrated Chuck Willis.  Most cats n’ chicks know Chuck’s 1957 smash “C. C. Rider,” but many are unfamiliar with the great records Chuck cut in the early 1950s.  That’s a shame, because Willis was a rare talent in that he could sell a ballad as well if not better than his jump sides.  He was also a fantastic songwriter, writing hits for Ruth Brown and The Clovers, just to name a few.  Matt The Cat introduces you to the Okeh and Columbia sides of one of the greatest, this week on the “Juke In The Back.”


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