Willis was captured the morning the North Vietnamese Tet offensive began.
Willis was in charge, in fact, he was due to return home the end of January but asked for an extension as the plans were to relocate the station to a more secure site.
Willis was told that no treatment would be given his wounded hip, which had developed blood poisoning, until he admitted he was a "clandestine psychological warfare agent." He was then put in a 5 x 3 x 5 foot cage.
He composed many of his best-known recordings, and cover versions by acts as disparate as Derek And The Dominos, the Animals, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Band, Ted Taylor and Otis Redding are a tribute to their longevity.
R&B vocalist ChuckWillis not only made a name for himself as a noted singer but also as a composer with songs recorded by Elvis Presley and others.
He was billed as the "King Of The Stroll" due to the dance craze inspired by his hit rendition of "C.C.Rider", and was also known as the "Sheik Of The Blues" for the turban he wore while performing.
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