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Alternative Country Singer-Songwriter Sarah Shook & SXSW 2019

Andre Williams

Andre

Legendary R&B songwriter, producer and performer Andre Williams, also passed away recently, at the age 82. Andre was born in Alabama, but got his start in 1950s Detroit, where he gained the nickname Mr. Rhythm. He was later also known as the Godfather of Rap, and his slick spoken vocals on the 1956 classic "Bacon Fat" are evidence of why. Williams went on the work with artists from Stevie Wonder to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but Jim will always remember him for his dapper day-glo suits, and for his 2012 recording called "I Gotta Get Shorty Out Of Jail," which was released on indie label Bloodshot Records.