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- Tuesday, Dec 26, 2017
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About Willie West
Born Millard Leon West, Willie West grew up in Raceland, Louisiana. He formed his first band the Sharks with his cousin on guitar and moved to New Orleans to work with Deacon John and the Ivories, Edgar Blanchard and the Gondoliers and Oliver and the Rockettes. Called Little Willie West, he was a dancing machine who bought his pants off the boys rack.
By the end of the sixties, Willie was singing with Deacon John’s the Electric Soul Train. During this time, he cut an Allen Toussaint-produced record, with the Meters rumored to have provided backing on the tracks, ‘Fairchild’ and ‘I Sleep With The Blues.’ in the early 70s, he sang (uncredited) on the Allen Toussaint produced soundtrack for the blaxploitation film Black Samson.
When Art and Cyril Neville left the Meters in 1977, Willie joined them until they broke up in the early 80s. Following the Meters, Willie performed on Bourbon Street on and off for the next twenty years. He also worked with Bobby Love in the Uptown Rulers. Following hurricane Katrina, Willie moved to the Saint Cloud area and has been there ever since.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“a rare treasure… He’s still making heart-breaking anthems… magical” – Juno Records