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Joe Williams
Born: Dec 12, 1918 in Cordele, GA
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Died: Mar 29, 1999 in Las Vegas, NV
Genre: Jazz, Pop/Rock
Biography: Joe Williams was the last great big-band singer, a smooth baritone who graced the rejuvenated Count Basie Orchestra during the 1950s and captivated audiences well into the '90s. Born in Georgia, he moved to Chicago with his grandmother at the age of three. Reunited with his mother, she taught him to ...Read full biography
Count Basie Swings - Joe Williams Sings
Released: 1956
Label: Verve Records
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Joe Williams' debut as the featured vocalist in Count Basie's band was one of those landmark moments that even savvy observers don't fully appreciate when it occurs, then realize years later how momentous ...Read full review
Joe Williams And Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra
Released: 1966
Label: EMI
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This CD reissues one of Joe Williams' finest recordings. Accompanied by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, the singer is heard at the peak of his powers. The big band primarily functions as an ensemble ...Read full review