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Little Willie John

Pete Grendysa, Rhino, 1993

HE LOOKED LIKE he just stepped off the top of a wedding cake – a dapper, smooth-faced little man in a tailored suit topped off with a snappy homburg hat. But when he opened his mouth and sang his songs, it was apparent that this David had the voice of Goliath. Inescapably called "Little" all his life, Willie John did his best to live as "big" a life as possible, and proving this bigness led to his tragic end.

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