Tommy’s Coffee Break Calendar for May 26th
5/26/1968 (52 years ago today) - Blues artist Little Willie John dies in prison after being convicted of manslaughter, though the case was under appeal -- He co-wrote and was the first to record "Fever", which became a smash hit for Peggy Lee in 1958; inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame back in 1996 -- Some of Willie's other stuff that you really ought to check out: "Need Your Love So Bad" (there's an absolutely stunning version by the Peter Green line-up of Fleetwood Mac), "Leave My Kitten Alone" (which has been done by The Beatles, Solomon Burke, and Sham The Sham & The Pharaohs), and a tribute album recorded by James Brown titled "Thinking About Little Willie John...And A Few Nice Things" (early in his career, James Brown was the opening act for many Little Willie John shows!)...
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Peggy Lee born this date 1920; worked with Benny Goodman, Randy Newman, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney; nominated for 12 Grammys, won for her 1969 hit "Is That All There Is"; a sultry, sexy and utterly convincing vocalist, Peggy passed away January 21, 2002.
Drummer and singer for The Band, Levon Helm born this date 1943; started his own high school band The Jungle Bush Beaters at age 17 which led to The Hawks (who would become Bob Dylan's back-up band) and eventually morphing into The Band; that's Levon doing the lead vocals on "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Up On Cripple Creek", "The Weight"; passed away from throat cancer, age 71, April 19, 2012.
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"I light up when you call my name/'Cause I know you're gonna treat me right...", xoxo.