Greatest Hits

Little Willie John

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Greatest Hits Review

by Andrew Hamilton

This brief CD cuts to the chase of Little Willie John, the legendary diminutive soul singer who left us much too soon. The songs "Fever," "All Around the World," "I Need Your Love So Bad," "Talk to Me, Talk to Me," "Let Them Talk," and "Sleep," are as compelling now as when they were first released. Sam Cooke, among others, borrowed from Little Willie John's delivery. Pain was his game; every note bursts on your heart like a giant teardrop. His voice, filled with ache and anguish, never fails to make you feel the abject hurt expressed from the depths of a troubled, but gifted soul.

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