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Willie John: A Soul Who Died In Jail

Bill Millar, Record Mirror, 17 June 1972

THE DEATH of Little Willie John is chronicled in the June 8th 1968 edition of Billboard. Datelined Walla Walla, Washington, May 27th, the notice reads: "Willie John, co-writer of "Fever' popularised by Peggy Lee, died Sunday (26) at the Washington State Penitentiary, where he had been imprisoned since 1966 on a manslaughter charge. He was 30 years old. John, better known in the recording industry as Little Willie John, is survived by his widow and two sons in Detroit."

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