Of Mobile, AL, one of the best exponents of the Southern Rock sound of the 1970's.  Hits were "Keep On Smilin," "Street Corner Serenade," and "Weekend".

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wet willieWet Willie is an American band from Mobile, Alabama, U.S. They were best known for their hit "Keep On Smilin'," reaching #10 on the Billboard Chart in August 1974, but had a number of charted songs in the 1970s utilizing their soulful brand of Southern rock.

Drummer Lewis Ross assembled the musicians for a group called "Fox" in the summer of 1969, which a year later became known as "Wet Willie."[1] Wet Willie was a versatile, high-energy Southern rock band that, from 1971 until 1978, produced an array of albums awash in good-time music, rollicking high-energy blues-rock, and white Southern soul, but racked up just one Top Ten hit and a lot of admirers.[2] Band members

The core members of the band during that period were Jimmy Hall, vocals, harmonica, saxophone; Jimmy's brother Jack Hall on bass; John Anthony on keyboards; Ricky Hirsch on guitar, and Lewis Ross on drums and percussion. The duo of girls singing background vocals dubbed "The Williettes" were staple of the classic Wet Willie sound, and always featured Jimmy & Jack's sister, Donna Hall. Keyboardist Mike Duke also joined from The Wetter The Better LP onwards. For a short period of time in 1974 UK singer Elkie Brooks joined the band as a backing singer, as did future Honkette Leslie Hawkins. Recordings

wet willie which one's willieWet Willie put out several albums on Capricorn Records between 1971 and 1977. Along with a "Greatest Hits" album released on Polydor Records, they also released 2 more final studio albums on Epic Records, although some hits collections and further live recordings have been released as recently as 2006. Perhaps their best-known LP is the 1973 live album, Drippin' Wet, but their main claim to fame is the hit single, "Keep On Smilin,'" which reached #10 on the Billboard singles chart. They also enjoyed some other Billboard-charted songs with "Country Side Of Life," "Everything That 'Cha Do" (Will Come Back To You), "Leona," and from their Epic Records period, "Street Corner Serenade" and "Weekend" from the LP's Manorisms and Which One's Willie? They toured and recorded extensively from 1969 through the early Eighties, and they still perform today in two slightly different versions, depending on whether Jimmy Hall is present. When Hall is with the band, it is billed as Wet Willie; otherwise, it is billed as The Wet Willie Band. Current formations

Wet Willie released a new live CD "Miles of Smiles" in 2012 and is touring with 4 original members, including original lead singer Jimmy Hall, brother Jack Hall on bass, sister Donna Hall on vocals and TK Lively on drums, as well as other long time members Ric Seymour on guitar and vocals, Ricky Chancey on guitar and newest member Bobby Mobley on keys.

Discography 

Albums

Wet Willie I, Release date: 1971 Label: Capricorn
Wet Willie II, Release date: 1972 Label: Capricorn
Keep Onn Smilin' Release date: 1974 Label: Capricorn
Dixie Rock, Release date: 1975 Label: Capricorn
The Wetter The Better, Release date: 1976 Label: Capricorn
Manorisms, Release date: 1978 Label: Epic
Which One's Willie? Release date: 1979 Label: Epic

Live Albums

Drippin' Wet, Release date: 1973 Label: Capricorn
Left Coast Live, Release date: 1977 Label: Capricorn
The Best of Wet Willie (Live), Release date: 1994 Label: Polygram
Miles of Smiles, Release date: 2012 Label: Hittin' the Note Records

Compilation Albums Greatest Hits, Release date: 1977 Label: Polydor
The Best of Wet Willie, Release date: 2003 Label: Mercury
Epic Willie (The Epic Recordings), Release date: 2005 Label: Acadia

Source: Allmusic.com[3]

Singles

YearSingleUS Hot 100
1974 "Keep On Smilin'" 10
"Country Side of Life" 66
1975 "Leona" 69
"Dixie Rock" 96
1976 "Baby Fat"
"Everything That 'cha Do" 66
1977 "Street Corner Serenade" 30
1978 "Make You Feel Love Again" 45
1979 "Weekend" 29
"Ramona"

References "The Official Wet Willie Page". Retrieved 09-10-2007.
Eder, Bruce. "Wet Willie - Biography". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2007-03-26.
"Wet Willie - Discography". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2007-03-26.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wet_Willie


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