Monday, October 08, 2007

'Bad Boy' Larry Williams

Most people probably know Larry Williams from the songs of his covered by the Beatles 'Dizzy Miss Lizzy''Bad Boy' and 'Slow Down' or his own big hit 'Bony Moronie'. He's usually compared to his Specialty label mate Little Richard, but I think his style is more like the Coasters and as they are undergoing a revival at the moment I thought I'd throw up this audio of one my favourite songs of his. It is an amusing picture of a wayward teen, with a catalogue of horror stories.
Williams was almost a model for today's hip-hop superstars with a string of convictions for selling drugs and at one time threatened to kill Little Richard over a drug debt. Track down his music if you don't have any - an album recorded with Johnny Guitar Watson and the Brit band The Stormsville Shakers is also worth seeking out. Larry Williams wiki