Rider" was a remake of a twelve-bar blues , performed by Ma Rainey in Atlanta before Willis was born. Dick Clark played "C. Rider" on American Bandstand , and "The Stroll" became a popular dance. Willis performed wearing a turban a gimmick suggested to him by his friend Screamin' Jay Hawkins and was also known as the "Sheik of Shake. Zenas Sears said that Willis was a better songwriter than a performer, but also said, "On the TV show Chuck would do five or six different numbers every week.
He moved very well, he handled himself very well and put everyone at ease. Willis approached songwriting with painstaking craftsmanship and the result was literate, soulful and melancholy.
He did not introduce a song in the studio until it was a polished product and fully worked out in his mind. He used a variety of methods. Zenas Sears said Willis would drive around in the car singing into a reel-to-reel tape recorder. Sears said, "If he'd lived he would have been recognized for that [his songwriting]. My Baby. That Train Is Gone. My Crying Eyes. Betty and Dupree.
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You are currently listening to samples. Juanita LP Version. My Life LP Version. Ease the Pain LP Version. Thunder and Lightning LP Version. See More. On sale now Years Miles Davis.Apr 06, · Chuck Willis was a R&B and R&R songwriter and singer who became a major influence in the mid 50s. Major hits include his best known, "C. C. Rider" ('57) and.