Lillian Offitt

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b. 4 November 1938, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. On the evidence of her half dozen releases, Lillian Offit was a plain but lusty blues shouter, of small stature and commensurate talent. She was still attending…
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b. 4 November 1938, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. On the evidence of her half dozen releases, Lillian Offit was a plain but lusty blues shouter, of small stature and commensurate talent. She was still attending college when she visited the offices of Nashboro Records in the hope of making a gospel record. Owner Ernie Young suggested that she try secular music, and ‘Miss You So’ was issued on Excello in 1957. It was successful enough for her to turn professional, and two further singles were issued, with diminishing success. In 1958 she moved to Chicago to become featured singer with the Earl Hooker band at Robert’s Show Lounge. Through Hooker, she met Me London, owner of Chief Records, and cut her first record for the label in February 1960. ‘Will My Man Be Home Tonight’, heavily featuring Hooker’s slide guitar, became a hit in the Chicago area. ‘My Man I A Lover’, recorded in May 1960, and ‘Troubles’ from a year later, repeated the downward curve of Excello releases. She left music to start a family, preventing her from joining the 1964 American Folk Blues Festival tour, her place taken by Sugar Pie DeSanto. She was last sighted in 1974 as part of the Streakers Rated-X Revue in St. Joseph, Michigan.