Bluesman Chick Willis Dies Aged 79 - Noise11.com
Chick Willis, Noise11, Photo

Chick Willis

Bluesman Chick Willis Dies Aged 79

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on December 9, 2013

in News

Blues singer Chick Willis, also known as the Stoop Down Man, died on Saturday evening from cancer at the age of 79.

A message was posted on Willis’ official webpage:

Our beloved Chick Willis has passed this Saturday evening December 7th. The family ask for help with his finale resting. We ask for any help you can by donating at any Bank Of America. Make check out to: The Chick Willis Foundation. Account #334040908303. Lets keep The Stoop Down Man in our memories. God bless. Thank You.

After Willis got out of the military in the early-50’s, he began chauffeuring for his cousin, Chuck Willis (C.C. Rider), while honing his singing skills. In 1956, he won a talent contest in Atlanta which led to him recording and releasing his first single, You’re Mine, on Ebb Records.

Chick went out on tour with his cousin where he learned to play guitar and, when Chuck passed away in 1957, he moved over to playing with Elmore James. He continued to record the occasional single throughout the 60’s but it was his 1972 single, Stoop Down Baby, for which he is best remembered. The track was a big jukebox hit but received virtually no airplay because of the subject matter.

Stoop Down Baby set the tone for much of his music for the rest of his career as he recorded numerous adult-themed songs. His 1972 album Stoop Down Baby…Let Your Daddy See was his last for 13 years before he signed with Ichiban Records which released seven of his LPs between 1985 and 1994. Since then, Willis has recorded an additional nine albums for a variety of labels including 2009’s Hit and Run Blues.

Among Willis’ awards were Living Blues Awards’ Best Live Performer (2006, 2010), Best Down Home Blues Song (2009, 1,2,3,4,5 Shots of Whiskey) and the Lowell Fulson Jus Blues Award (2010).

Read more at VVN Music

Comments

comments

Related Posts

The Beasts
The Beasts reveal opening acts for 2019 tour

The Beasts, Tex Perkins new incarnation of The Beasts of Bourbon, will have Dallas Crane, The Johnnys and The Painkillers opening their 2019 shows.

9 hours ago
Eric Clapton Happy Xmas
Here is another Eric Clapton Christmas song

Eric Clapton has released the must-hear Christmas album of 2018 he calls ‘Happy Xmas’.

11 hours ago
Lobby Loyde Lobbys Last Summer Jam
Historic Lobby Loyde ‘Lobby’s Last… Summer Jam’ released through Aztec Records

Gil Matthews’ Aztec Records has released a piece of Australian rock history with ‘Lobby’s Last… Summer Jam’ from Australian guitar legend, the late Lobby Loyde.

1 day ago
Eric Clapton Happy Xmas
Eric Clapton releases music video for his new Christmas song ‘For Love On Christmas Day’

Eric Clapton has made a music video for ‘For Love On Christmas Day’, his new original song from his first ever Christmas album ‘Happy Xmas’.

December 1, 2018
The Beasts
The Beasts are Still Here to honour the Beast of Bourbon

Without Spencer P. Jones and Brian Henry Hooper there is no more Beasts of Bourbon but in their honour there is The Beasts.

November 28, 2018
Mojo Juju
Mojo Juju slams Liberal stooge Andrew Bolt for his idiotic logic

Andrew Bolt, one of the Liberal Party’s loudest stooges, has angered J Award winning artist Mojo Juju over another of his twisted statements.

November 27, 2018
Harts, 2015 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Canned Heat, Eric Bibb and Harts to play Blues on Broadbeach 2019

Queensland’s Blues on Broadbeach music festival has just announced its biggest international line-up ever with USA’s Canned Heat, Eric Bibb and Australia’s Harts set to headline.

November 22, 2018