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Fever: Little Willie John's Fast Life, Mysterious Death, and the Birth of Soul

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Little Willie John lived for a fleeting 30 years, but his dynamic and daring sound left an indelible mark on the history of music. His deep blues, rollicking rock ‘n’ roll and swinging ballads inspired a generation of musicians, forming the basis for what we now know as soul music.

Born in Arkansas in 1937, William Edward John found his voice in the church halls, rec center
ebook, 240 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Titan Books
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Fever: Little Willie John--A Fast Life, Mysterious Death and the Birth of Soul is a short read. But that's only because Willie John's life was tragically cut so short. He lived fast, and short. But in the short time that he was alive, Little Willie John made some of the biggest contributions of any artist in the music industry. Among those contributions is the first recording of the now famed song, 'Fever'. The story behind that song is part of what makes Mr. John's bio such an entertaining read ...more
Tom Schulte
Jul 29, 2011 Tom Schulte rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed this life of the Detroit legend. It was interesting to learn of this roll at the transition into rock-n-roll. He ovecame the star power of Jackie Wilson and then it took jail to make him lose the soul star competition with James Brown.
John K.
The Library of Michigan has named this book: Fever: Little Willie John's Fast Life, Strange Death and the Birth of Soul to it's 2012 list of "MICHIGAN NOTABLE BOOKS!"
The library only selects twenty (20) books each year for this list.
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Keith Evans
Concise efficient account of a tragic life. Captures well the talents of this soul pioneer.
This book was pretty interesting. I discovered I was a fan of his son Keith's work and I never knew he had music in his blood. I also hope at some point the family is able to find out more information about Little Willie's death because I don't believe he died the way they were told either.
Phil Overeem
A very informative but slightly padded bio of the tragically short-lived R&B great. To a great extent, despite the authors' hard work, John remains an enigma, but some interesting claims are made for him that are fairly convincing.
Interesting, well-written bio of now little-known Detroit legend. Willie John sort of road the cusp between old-school R&B and 60's era soul music.
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Susan Whitall is an award-winning journalist and author.
She was born in Philadelphia, and moved to Detroit with her family at 10.
She joined Detroit-based Creem Magazine as a writer and editor in 1975, and became editor in 1978.
Her first book, "Women of Motown (Avon Books), edited by Dave Marsh, was an oral history of Motown's female artists.
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