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Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams


Saxophonist and bandleader Paul Williams scored among the initial big hits from the R&B period in 1949 with “The Hucklebuck,” an adaption of Charlie Parker’s “Now’s enough time.” The tune topped the R&B graphs for 14 weeks in 1949, and was among three TOP and five various other Best 20 R&B instrumental strikes that Williams have scored for Savoy in 1948 and 1949. He previously used Clarence Dorsey in 1946 and made his documenting debut with Ruler Porter in 1947 for Heaven before developing his own music group late that season. Saxophonists Noble “Thin Guy” W and Wild Costs Moore, trumpeter Phil Guilbeau, and vocalists Danny Cobb, Jimmy Dark brown, Joan Shaw, and Connie Allen had been among Williams’ bandmembers. He was afterwards section of Atlantic Information’ house music group within the ’60s, and directed the Lloyd Cost and James Dark brown orchestras until 1964. After departing the music business briefly, Williams opened up a booking company in NY in 1968. His various other Top Ten strikes had been “35-30” in 1948 and “Walkin’ Around” in 1949.

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Died September 14, 2002, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Songwriter, Bandleader
Nationality American
Awards Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Music Songs The Hucklebuck, He Knows How to Hucklebuck, Pass The Buck, 35-30, New Music From An Old Friend, Maxie Waxie, Back Bender, Room In Your Heart, Rock It, Davy Crocket, Hastings Street Bounce, Suggie Duggie Boogie Baby, My love Is True, Huckle-Boogie, Walkin' Around, Young Man Blues, Rockin' Chair Blues, Easy Walking, Big Two Four, Once Upon A Time, Long Ago, Last Night, Way Late, Turtle Rock, Spider Sent Me, The Twister, Shame, Shame, Shame, Hard Working Woman, Betty Ann, Miami Drag, I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire, You're Breaking My Heart No More, House Rocker, Come With Me Baby, The Woman I Love Is Dying
Albums The Hucklebuck, The Very Best Of, The Complete Recordings, Vol. 2 1949-1952, The Complete Recordings, Vol. 3 1952-1956

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