R&B singer and songwriter Andre Williams handed away Sunday following his battle with colon most cancers, in line with the Related Press (AP). He was 82 years outdated.
Information of Williams’ demise was confirmed on social media by his Pravda File label. “It’s with nice disappointment that we announce the passing of legendary artist Andre Williams. He died this afternoon in Chicago at the age of 82. He touched our lives and the lives of numerous others. We love you Dre.”
His supervisor and musical director, Kenn Goodman, instructed the Related Press the singer-songwriter obtained care in a Chicago-space hospice after his most cancers prognosis. “There wasn’t something he wouldn’t sort out and be 100 p.c into — endlessly within the studio, endlessly on the highway, endlessly performing,” Goodman stated.
In accordance with Billboard, Williams started his profession as a teen and moved from Alabama to Detroit within the 1950s. He signed a cope with Fortune Information and later with Motown Information, the place he served as songwriter and producer.
Williams co-wrote the 5 Du-Tones’ “Shake a Tail Feather,” and his 1956 single “Bacon Fats” earned the no. 9 spot on the Billboard R&B chart. He additionally landed a writing credit score on Stevie Surprise’s first track, “Thank You for Loving Me.”
Goodman touched on Williams’ “huge” musical contributions. “There wasn’t something he wouldn’t sort out and be 100 p.c into — endlessly within the studio, endlessly on the highway, endlessly performing,” he stated.
Williams had his fair proportion of struggles, although. Goodman revealed that he was a recovering alcoholic who skilled a collection of strokes that restricted his touring schedule after 2013.
However regardless of Williams’ private setbacks, he was a faithful performer. “He was a survivor, he was a hustler. He knew the best way to get onstage each night time, it doesn’t matter what situation he was in day-after-day. He was magic,” Goodman stated.
In accordance with Goodman, a documentary following the later years of Williams’ life is reportedly within the works.
A tribute live performance in honor of the late singer is deliberate for
subsequent month in Chicago.