Anniversary of Larry Williams' Death

01/07/2011
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(Gibson) On this day in 1980, Singer Larry Williams was found dead from a gunshot wound to his head in his Los Angeles, California, home at age 45.

Williams had the 1957 U.S. #5 and U.K. #21 single "Short Fat Fannie." He was also known for "Bony Moronie" and "Dizzy Miss Lizzie." The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Dr. Feelgood, Flying Burrito Brothers, Johnny Winter, Little Richard, The Who, Ritchie Valens and Bill Haley and His Comets all covered his songs.

Gibson takes a look back: When it comes to the great rock and roll hitmakers of the 1950s, people usually think of Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and Little Richard. But Larry Williams rarely comes to mind perhaps because his name isn't as colorful despite having a run of chart hits that were later covered by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and others. more on this story

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