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Category: Music - Popular
Reference No: 9506
Status: Available
Price: £12.00
  Wee Willie Harris

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Legendary early British rock & roll singer, real name Charles William Harris (height 5’2”, hence his stage name). One of the first Wild Men of Rock.

In the first wave of rock & roll, Britain could only offer pale Elvis imitations or ancient pop singers masquerading as such. Wee Willie Harris was one exception to the rule. Dyeing his hair all manner of colours (he’d been told he needed a gimmick) and wearing larger-than-life stage jackets that looked like the coat hanger was still inside, tight drainpipe trousers, and a huge polka-dot bow tie, Harris stood out from the rest of the pack.

Coming from the Two I's coffee bar in Soho, where he was initially the resident pianist, Harris had a love for hard American rock & roll and an ability to perform it with unrelenting energy. His recordings never made the charts but are now avidly collected by lovers of British rock and roll. They include Rockin' At The Two I's (1957), Rosie Lee (1958), No Chemise Please (1958), Wild One (1960), Better To Have Loved (1963) and Listen To The River Roll Along (1966).

This is a very fine signature in black ink on a 6" x 4" white card. Obtained in person at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon in 1990. In excellent condition.