Chick Willis

Reginald 1487 – Mr Moon Man /You Win Again

Reginald 9747 – The Way You’re Stooping Down / My Bowlegged Woman

Big Beat 1268 – So Hurt

Big Beat 9747 –  I Can Deal With That /My Bowlegged Woman

Markeda 9747 – I Can Deal With That /My Bowlegged Woman

Barclay & The III 9747 – The Way You’re Stooping Down / My Bowlegged Woman

Probably the best known artist of all on this site, Chick Willis had a long career as a Chicago bluesman.  His sides here saw the same tracks released on different labels for whatever reason but are all fine blues/soul tracks.  Incredibly the Reginald 9747, Big Beat 9747, Markeda 9747 & Barclay & The III 9747 are all the same record released on four different labels!  Originally from Georgia he is the cousin of famous R&B artist Chuck Willis & worked as Chuck’s chauffeur for a time in the 1950s.  He made his first solo recording for Ebb in 1956 as a singer but later learned guitar.  Throughout the 60s & 70s he recorded steadily and enjoyed success with his Bowlegged/Stoop Down/Mother Fuyer series of risque blues records, often venturing into funky blues territory.  The Reginald related 45s seem to be from the early 70s.  Chick would go on to record for Ichiban through the 80s & 90s and continued performing & releasing records until his death in December 2013.

One thought on “Chick Willis

  1. Sorry to hear the sad news of Chick Willis from Larry Chambers (EcKo records) on yesterday. Truely a good man and blues singer. Being a man that loves the blues and Chick
    and chuck, I will we will miss him as well as all the other great pass blues singer’s . But will keep his memory alive with “stoop down” and all his other great blues songs.
    Big Jim Staton
    “Blues lm the night”
    Morgan State University Public Radio 88.9 fm
    The voice of the community
    Baltimore, Md. 21251

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