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  Joe Williams - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Smokey Joe Williams, baseball pitcher and hall of famer.
Joe Williams, the jazz and blues singer and Cosby Show actor, who achieved prominence in the late 1950s.
Joe Williams, a former Prime Minister of the Cook Islands.
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 Central Iowa Blues Society
Big Joe Williams from Crawford, Mississippi is not to be confused with the big band singer, Joe Williams, who sang with Count Basie's Orchestra for seven years.
Big Joe was born October 16, 1903, and became an important figure in the Delta Blues style.
Big Joe Williams, Bukka White, Tommy McClellan and Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup were the main names of the small number of artists to come out of the Delta and record for Lester Melrose in the early Chicago Blues scene.
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 Joe Lee Williams   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Joe Lee Williams is born on 16 October 1903 in Crawford, Mississippi.
Joe also performs with the young McKinley Morganfield later to be known as Muddy Waters.
Big Joe Williams dies on 17th December 1982 in Macon, Mississippi.
www.john-meekings.co.uk /jlwilliams.html   (251 words)

 Big Joe Williams   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Bluesmeister BIG JOE WILLIAMS was born Joe Lee Williams, Friday, October 16, 1903, Crawford, MS.
BIG JOE WILLIAMS died Friday, December 17, 1982, Macon, GA. He was inducted in W. Handy Blues Hall of Fame on October 4, 1992.
The master of his own invention, the 9-string guitar, Big Joe Williams was also a skillful and clever Delta bluesman and, as this fourth Delmark CD reissue more than adequately reminds, he was one of the most mesmerizing of that fraternity.
www.island.net /~blues/bigjoe.htm   (845 words)

 Big Joe Williams
Joe was amused that I had so many blues records in my collection and one day went thru it, A to Z, playing sides that he'd request and rewarding me with background on most of the artists.
Speckled Red, Big Joe and J.D. Short went along to play intermissions but I was so intent on trying to record a seven-piece jazz band that I stupidly didn't record them.
Rexroth knew his blues and, somehow, had heard that Big Joe was living in St.Louis and insisted that Joe be given a Monday night gig.
www.delmark.com /rhythm.bigjoe.htm   (896 words)

 Big Joe Williams & Friends CD Review
Big Joe Williams was an archetype rambling bluesman, who started playing in Mississippi levee and logging camps in the 30's, had several hit recordings (solo and with Sonny Boy Williamson I) and wound up on European concert stages in the 60's.
When Strachwitz expressed interest Joe took a couple of buddies into a Starkville MS radio station and cut a demo tape--six tracks are tacked on the end of the program here, though technically the tapes are a bit lacking.
Joes cousin, Shortstuff Macon, is heard on 9 tracks, along with his "rattling" guitar, which buzzes due to noisy pickups.
www.mnblues.com /cdreview/cd-bigjoew.html   (634 words)

 Big Joe Williams
Mary Williams - vocal on 6, Charlie Musselwhite - harmonica on 20, 21, and 24.
Big Joe played a 9-string guitar which he pounded, slapped and drove like a demented downhill slalom through a thicket of seminal Delta blues, singing in a gutsy, raw, emotion-exhausting voice.
Big Joe wasn't invited but he'd taken the Greyhound bus up from his Mississippi trailer home near Crawford on the off-chance of a gig.
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 Williams "Piney Woods Blues"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Between the boards of this album will be found the music and the personality of Joe Lee Williams, traveler, musician, vocalist, composer, lover of life, teller of tales and dealer in mysteries.
On this album, his first as a leader, Joe played a battered six-string guitar with one of the tuning pegs damaged beyond repair.
The important thing is that Joe knows where to find the notes he wants - and that he always seems to want the right one for the emotional content of the lyrics he happens to be singing.
www.delmark.com /delmark.602.htm   (156 words)

 WILLIAMS, 'Big' Joe : MusicWeb Encyclopaedia of Popular Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
(b 16 Oct. '03, Crawford MS; d 17 Dec. '82) Blues singer, guitarist; aka Po' Joe Williams; not to be confused with the jazz singer/balladeer Joe Williams (see below); there were two or three more blues singers named Joe Williams, one recording before WWII, at least two who recorded after the war.
Big Joe had a distinctive sound on a nine-string guitar.
One of 16 children, he made himself a one-string instrument, began singing as a small child; worked in railroad gangs, lumber camps; recorded for Bluebird '35--41; later LPs incl.
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 Big Joe Williams and Friends
And a very welcome one too, for while recordings of the country blues by active (and on occassion inactive) performers were certainly not uncommon (if not almost ten-a-penny) twenty years ago, nowadays the chance to hear previously unreleased tracks by a giant of the idiom is a cause for undiluted joy.
For most of the set Big Joe acts as accompanist but on his own tracks it is all there: the idiosyncratic nine string guitar; the furious rhythm; the falsetto whoops; the bass snaps and - more heavily featured than normal - some virtuoso bottleneck guitar.
He had already travelled with Big Joe, his uncle, to New York in 1964, when aged 32, and cut an LP for Victoria Spivey's label and enough material to share one side of an LP on XTRA (the other side, rather incongruously was by Rev Gary Davis).
www.mustrad.org.uk /reviews/big_joe.htm   (864 words)

 Amazon.com: Shake Your Boogie: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
On "Shake Your Boogie" every one of the 24 songs ring with the desparation of the Mississippi Delta, and through Big Joe's guitar and his booming, ragged voice it's evident that he lived every word he sang.
Half of the songs were recorded in 1960 and the other half in 1969, and Big Joe and his guitar are in fine form on both sessions.
Big Joe's wife Mary turns in a powerful vocal turn on the track "I Want My Crown".
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000001FZ?v=glance   (515 words)

 Big Joe Williams: Legacy of the Blues Series   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Born in a cabin in Crawford Misssissippi in 1903, Big Joe Williams lived the prototypical life of a genuine blues man. Williams was known as much for his surly and intimidating presence as he was for the unique sounds that he extracted from his self customized nine string guitar.
His guitar style was further enhanced by a gruff and powerhouse vocal style and inventive percussive techniques that ranged anywhere from simple raps on his guitar to tin cans hanging from its neck.
The result was a collection of songs truly reflect the spirit of Big Joe Williams.
www.southernmusicdigital.com /Blues/AudioAlbum.2004-04-28.5859   (216 words)

 Big Joe Williams CD Review
Stemming from 1957, 1960, and finally, 1963, Big Joe's powerful vocals rattle the senses and the 9-string guitar (of his own creation) jangles the nerves for the duration of this hour-long compilation from Fuel 2000 Records.
Williams is a complete anomaly when placed in that context, yet he was a rambler and wanderer much like Lightnin' Hopkins or John Lee Hooker, both who showed up in some rather odd settings on curious imprints.
Big Joe's rough and tumble style comes to the surface easily in "Bessemer Baby" where his voice surrounds the 'live' room as Helfer turns in some fine work.
www.mnblues.com /cdreview/2002/bigjoewilliams-thebest-cr.html   (1036 words)

 Big Joe Williams
Joe Lee “Big Joe” Williams, famous for his emotional singing, his 9 string guitar, and his composition “Baby Please Don't Go,” was not only one of the pioneer Mississippi blues singers/guitarists, but also a talent scout and record producer.
Big Joe produced this remarkable set of recordings in his hometown of Crawford, Miss.
Big Joe is nothing less that mighty on his seven tracks....
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 CATALOG: BIG JOE WILLIAMS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
The composer of countless tunes, including the now-standard "Baby, Please Don't Go," Big Joe instead concentrated on personalized renditions of numbers associated with other Delta blues giants as Johnson, Charley Patton, and Skip James at this stunning 1964 session.
Singer, guitarist, and occasional kazoo-blower Joe Lee Williams (1903-1982) was one of the most intense of all Mississippi Delta blues stylists.
Propulsive boogie bass lines, slashing chords, and shimmering fills played on a battered nine-string guitar of his own invention were well integrated into his incisive, leather-lunged vocal lines and chilling falsetto wails, and he made extraordinary use of dynamics to heighten the passion of his deeply personal performances.
www.fantasyjazz.com /catalog/williams_b_cat.html   (246 words)

 BIG JOE WILLIAMS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Williams' life was one of constant movement as he worked
Williams found a wider audience when blues came into vogue with young
years tended to obscure just how big a blues talent Williams really was.
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 Big Joe Williams biography : albums : icebergradio.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
As protégé David "Honeyboy" Edwards described him, Williams in his early Delta days was a walking musician who played work camps, jukes, store porches, streets, and alleys from New Orleans to Chicago.
Mississippi's Big Joe Williams and His Nine-String Guitar
Big Joe Williams and the Stars of Mississippi Blues
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 Big Joe Williams: Biography
Big Joe Williams may have been the most cantankerous human being who ever walked the earth with guitar in hand.
As protégé David "Honeyboy" Edwards described him, Williams in his early Delta days was a walking musician who played work camps, jukes, store porches, streets, and alleys from
According to Charlie Musselwhite, he and Big Joe kicked off the blues revival in
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 Big Joe Williams At Folk City, MP3 Album Music Download at eMusic
Cut at Gerdes Folk City in New York on February 26, 1962, this record shows Big Joe Williams in top late-era form, enjoying himself before an audience of mostly white college kids and beats.
He plays his signature nine-string guitar, accompanying himself on kazoo, which basically works (even subbing for what would have been a fuzz-tone guitar on "Bugle Blues"), although the kazoo was never meant to be captured in digital sound.
Williams left behind several folk club recordings from the early '60s, and they make a good contrast to the vast body of studio recordings from the same era.
www.emusic.com /album/10604/10604903.html   (284 words)

 Big Joe Williams Vol 1 1935 - 1941, Jazz , Blues Recordings   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
The first of two volumes covering the early years of the of Big Joe Williams recording career, this CD covers his first five sessions for the Bluebird label with the remaining four titles of the fifth session opening the second volume.
Joe is in excellent company throughout the album with accompanists including Henry Townsend, Sonny Boy Willimson (John Lee) and Robert Lee McCoy (Robert Nighthawk).
With his good friend, Sonny Boy Williams, Joe hits them hard with Throw A Boogie, Highway 49 and Break ‘Em On Down.
www.document-records.com /show_one_title.asp?id=BDCD-6003   (239 words)

 Amazon.com: Absolutely the Best [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
The late Big Joe Williams, a literal giant of the blues, recorded so many quality albums that this title seems like smoke.
It's fun to catch Hopkins and Williams trying to outdo each other--Hopkins tossing off a rippling single-note solo, Williams pushing his voice up into ghost howls.
Williams goes it mostly alone on those songs from 1963, stomping his foot, thumb-snapping low notes, and laying down bright flashes of slide behind his shouted words.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00005NWKD?v=glance   (453 words)

 Big Joe Williams at Blues With A Feeling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Big Joe Williams at Folk City [Prestige/Bluesville 580, 1964]
Mississippi's Big Joe Williams and His Nine-String Guitar [Smithsonian 40052, October 1995]
Big Joe Williams and Friends [Purple Pyramid 834, March 2000] with
hotburrito.20m.com /blues/bigjoewilliams.html   (689 words)

 CMT.com : Big Joe Williams : Biography
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When he played, everything rattled but Big Joe himself.
However, Big Joe Williams, more than any other major recording artist, embodied the concept of guitar-as-drum, bashing out an incredible series of riffs on his G-tuned nine-string for over 60 years.
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 Rykodisc Catalog - Have Mercy! - Big Joe Williams & Friends   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Big Joe had a big heart, a big sound and a big sense of the blues.
Back then, it was unheard of to mix blues musicians from different styles, but that night in West Hollywood, Sonny & Brownie's Piedmont blues, Lightnin's Texas style and Big Joe's Mississippi roots stir it up like a backwoods party.
"My biggest influence when I first started to play was Big Joe.
www.rykodisc.com /Catalog/dump/rykoalbums_47.asp   (101 words)

 Amazon.com: These Are My Blues: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Recorded live at Rockford College in 1965 and released 33 years later, These Are My Blues is the legendary Big Joe Williams--whose career spanned nearly 60 years--in fine form, playing Delta blues on an electrically amplified nine-string guitar.
He uses the tremolo extensively throughout; the result is a shivering sound that feels just right on blues classics like "Baby, Please Don't Go" and "Lowdown Dirty Shame." There's also a cover of "You Are My Sunshine," which one would not expect to come off well, but which turns out to be oddly appealing.
I collect these Big Joe albums and I've got about eight, so first I want to say it's best to collect a lot of his stuff to get an idea of why he's such a great blues artist.
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 Moviefone: Movie Celebrities - Big Joe Williams: MAIN
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 eBay - big joe williams, CDs, Records items on eBay.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Big Joe Williams Hand me down my old walking stick 
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 Williams, Big Joe - Reviews and Pricing   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
This was one of the funniest, worst movies I have ever seen.
Joe Williams with George Shearing: A Song is Born
It's great to see Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee, Fats Domino and others perform in this film, although the soap opera plot of two young singers managed by two divorced spouses is a little much at times
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