Personalities | Wynonie Harris | Forties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, 1913–69)

Raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Wynonie Harris first came to prominence in the Lucky Millinder Orchestra of 1944, where he had a number-one Race Chart hit, ‘Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well’. A leather-lunged shouter in the Big Joe Turner tradition, Harris had a long successful run on King records (1947–57), which produced huge hits such as ‘Good Rockin’ Tonight’ and ‘All She Wants To Do Is Rock’ as well as a wealth of other material of a consistently high standard. He specialized in raunchy, risqué songs, but was rarely active in the last few years of his life.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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