Joe Williams Biography

Singer (1918–1999)
Joe Williams was an American singer known for his mastery of jazz, blues and ballads and for his association with Count Basie in the 1950s.


Joe Williams was born December 12, 1918, in Cordele, Georgia. He joined the Count Basie Orchestra in 1954. His recording of “Every Day I Have the Blues” with Basie in 1955 made him famous and was a factor in the Basie band's comeback. Staying with Basie until 1961, Williams also had hits with “Alright, Okay, You Win,” “Going to Chicago,” and “The Comeback.” He launched a solo career in 1961.

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