WYNONIE HARRIS

Wynonie Harris was born in Omaha in 1920, and very little is known

 about his early life. He actually started his musical career as a dancer and

 later joined the Lucky Millinder band in the mid forties. His first

 release was in 1944, "Who Threw The Whiskey in the Well" on the Decca

 Record Label, featuring a young Preston Love on sax. It quickly

 climbed to #4 on the national charts. During this time, Harris

 performed with such greats as Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Charlie

 Barnnet, and Cab Calloway.

In 1947, after years of recording for Decca, Harris switched to Kin

 Records and his career took off like a rocket. "Good Rockin' Tonight" hit

 the top of the charts and was later recorded by Elvis Presley, which, by

 the way, was Elvis' calling card to fame. Harris' recording career holds

 64 separate releases and ran from 1944 to 1957. Most of his recordings

 were stories of living it up and turned into big hits for him: "Drinkin Wine

 Spo-Dee-O-Dee," (also recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis), "All She Wants To

 Do Is Rock", "Bloodshot Eyes", and "Good Morning Judge" just to name a few.

Wynonie eventually made his home in Oakland, California where he tended

 bar. When he found out he was dying, he called all his friends together

 for one last party. He died in the summer of 1969
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