Joe Williams

This gentleman (and I do mean “gentleman”) left us much too soon. Joe Williams was one of the most versatile singers to approach a microphone. Listen up and you’ll see where we’re coming from on this edition of Pate’s Place. (By the way, December 12th, 2011 would have been his 93rd birthday. Here’s to you, Joe.)

Jump For Joy (on Jump for Joy)

I Should Have Kissed Her More (on The Exciting Joe Williams, not available on CD, but the LP can be found at re-sellers such as MusicStack)

Evil Man Blues (on Presenting Joe Williams and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra)

One For My Baby (on Presenting Joe Williams and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra)

Gypsy In My Soul (originally from The Exciting Joe Williams but also found on Planet Jazz)

Someone You’ve Loved (on Here’s To Life)

7. Hallelujah, I Love Her So (on Presenting Joe Williams and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, and another big band rendition found on WDR Big Band’s Blues and Beyond)

Did I Ever Really Live? (originally on the Something Old, New, and Blue LP, this was re-issued on a compilation CD titled One More For My Baby)

Young Man On the Way Up (originally on the Something Old, New, and Blue LP, this was re-issued on a compilation CD titled One More For My Baby)

Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning (on WDR Big Band’s Blues and Beyond conducted by John Clayton)

Ol’ Man River (this is the original 1965 recording on The Exciting Joe Williams, not available on CD. But you can also hear Joe sing this song on the WDR Big Band’s Blues and Beyond CD)

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