A highly acclaimed, dynamic soul singer, Little Willie John's best known songs include "Need Your Love So Bad" (1955), the original version of "Fever" (1956), "Talk To Me, Talk To Me" (1958), "Heartbreak (It's Hurtin' Me)" (1960), and "Sleep" (1960). Songs released after 1959 with clips are shown below. Willie John was born in Arkansas and raised in Detroit. He was convicted of manslaughter in 1966 and died in prison at the age of 30 in 1968. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
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Little Willie John
- A Cottage For Sale 1960
- Heartbreak (It's Hurtin' Me) 1960
(This song also became a hit for Jon Thomas (1960).)
- Leave My Kitten Alone 1959
(This song recharted for Little Willie John in 1961 and also became a hit that same year for Johnny Preston.)
- Let Them Talk 1960
- Now You Know 1961
- Sleep 1960
(This song previously topped the charts for Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians (1924) and also became a hit for Ben Selvin (1924), Benny Carter (1940), and Les Paul (1953).)
- (I've Got) Spring Fever 1961
- Take My Love (I Want To Give It All To You) 1961
- The Very Thought Of You 1961
(This song later also became a hit for Rick Nelson (1964).)
- Walk Slow 1960
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