Larry Williams (50's rocker)

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Legal name: Lawrence Eugene Williams


Lawrence Eugene "Larry" Williams (May 10, 1935 – January 7, 1980) was an American rhythm and blues and rock and roll singer, songwriter, producer, and pianist from New Orleans, Louisiana. Williams is best known for writing and recording some rock and roll classics from 1957 to 1959 for Specialty Records, including "Bony Moronie", "Short Fat Fannie", "High School Dance" (1957), "Slow Down", "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" (1958), "Bad Boy" and "She Said Yeah" (1959). John Lennon was a fan, and the Beatles and several other British Invasion groups covered several of his songs.

Williams' life mixed tremendous success with violence and drug addiction. He was a long-time friend of Little Richard.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Two for the Price of One Larry Williams & Johnny "Guitar" Watson 1
1978 That Larry Williams Larry Williams 1
2011 Two for the Price of One Larry Williams & Johnny Watson 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 The Best of Larry Williams Larry Williams 1
1992 Bad Boy Larry Williams 1
1999 Bad Boy of Rock 'n' Roll Larry Williams 1
2004 The Best Of The Okeh Years Larry Williams & Johnny "Guitar" Watson 1
2004 Larry Williams at His Finest: The Specialty Rock'n'Roll Years Larry Williams 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 Bony Moronie / You Bug Me Baby Larry Williams 1
1957 Just Because / Let Me Tell You Baby Larry Williams 1
1957 Short Fat Fannie / High School Dance Larry Williams 1
1958 Dizzy Miss Lizzy / Slow Down Larry Williams 2
1958 Hootchy-Koo / The Dummy Larry Williams 1
1958 Peaches and Cream / I Was a Fool to Let You Go Larry Williams 1
1959 Bad Boy / She Said Yeah Larry Williams 1
1959 I Can't Stop Lovin' You / Steal a Little Kiss Larry Williams 1
1959 Teardrops / Give Me Love Larry Williams 1
1960 Ting-A-Ling / Little School Girl Larry Williams 1
1968 Wake Up (Nothing Comes to a Sleeper but a Dream) / Love I Can't Seem to Find It Larry Williams 1
1986 Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu / Hey Now, Hey Now aka Jockomo Larry Williams 1

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