Lee 'Shot' Williams

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Lee 'Shot' WilliamsVocalist Lee 'Shot' Williams sings a style of Southern soul-blues in keeping with the tradition of vocalists like Bobby 'Blue' Bland, Johnnie Taylor, and Albert King. He got the nickname 'Shot' from his mother at a young age, owing to his fondness for wearing suits and dressing up as a 'big shot.' Williams grew up with guitar player Little Smokey Smothers and knew his older brother, Big Smokey Smothers. Williams' stepsister, Arlean Brown, was surrounded by a family of musicians, and the Brown brothers gave Williams his first introduction to blues performing via the juke joints of the Delta. Williams moved to Detroit in 1954 and to Chicago in 1958. He rejoined Little Smokey Smothers there and got to know other paragons of Chicago blues, including Magic Sam (McGhee) and Howlin' Wolf. Williams began singing with Smokey's band in 1960 and a few years later joined Magic Sam's band as a vocalist. After joining up with guitarist Earl Hooker, he had his first experience on the road as part of a touring band in the mid-'60s, playing around the South. Williams also served tenures with Little Milton and Bobby 'Blue' Bland. ~Excerpts from bio by Richard Skelly

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