Personalities | Chuck Willis | Fifties | Rock

(Singer-songwriter, 1928–58)

Known as ‘The Sheik Of The Stroll’, Atlanta-born Harold Willis was a rising star, with a string of US R&B hits to his credit, the biggest 1957’s R&B No. 1, ‘C.C. Rider’, which also made the US pop Top 20. Signed to Okeh Records between 1952 and 1954, his career took off in 1956, when he signed with Atlantic, for whom he made a second posthumous R&B chart-topper, 1958’s ironically titled ‘What Am I Living For’, dying of peritonitis after a stomach ulcer.

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