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Wilbert Harrison (born January 5, 1929 – died October 26, 1994) was an American singer. January 5 is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1929 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 66 days remaining. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ...

Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Harrison had a Billboard No.1 record in 1959 with the song "Kansas City". The song was written in 1951 and was one of the first collaborations by the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. For other places or people named Charlotte, see Charlotte (disambiguation). ... These are the Billboard Hot 100 #1 Hits of 1959: See also: 1959 in music, List of Number 1 Hits (USA) Categories: No 1 hits in the United States ... Mike Stoller, Elvis Presley, Jerry Leiber Jerry Leiber (born April 25, 1933) and Mike Stoller (born March 13, 1933) are among the most important songwriters and music producers in post-World War II popular music. ...

Harrison recorded for the Fire and Fury labels, which were owned and operated by Bobbie Robertson at his Harlem record shop. Harrison's records are especially notable for the presence of the brilliant guitarist Wild Jimmy Spruill, whose solo on "Kansas City" is one of the most memorable in the history of Rock & Roll. Born 9 June 1934, Fayetteville, North Carolina Died 3 February 1996, Washington, D.C. New York-based session guitarist. ...

After this success, Harrison continued to perform and record but it would be another ten years before he recorded "Let's Work Together" that made it on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1970, he had some success with "My Heart Is Yours". He toured for many years with a band known as "Wilbert Harrison and The Roamers" as well as a solo act. Image File history File links This image is the cover of an album or single. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the main U.S. singles popularity chart used by Billboard magazine. ...

Wilbert Harrison died in 1994 in a Spencer, North Carolina nursing home at the age of 65. In 2001, his recording of "Kansas City" was given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. His recording has also been named as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Spencer is a town located in Rowan County, North Carolina. ... The Grammy Hall of Fame Award is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old and that have qualitative or historical significance. Alphabetical listing by title: List of Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipients A-D List of Grammy Hall... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fames 500 songs (not ranked) that shaped Rock and Roll: Contents: Top - 0-9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A AC/DC...

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Wilbert Harrison - Biography - AOL Music (508 words)
Harrison recorded several sessions for Savoy, beginning with a catchy cover of Terry Fell's country tune "Don't Drop It." Top New York sessioneers -- arranger Leroy Kirkland, saxist Buddy Lucas and guitarists Mickey Baker and Kenny Burrell -- backed Harrison on his 1954-56 Savoy output, but hits weren't forthcoming.
Only one minor problem: Harrison was still technically under contract to Savoy (though label head Herman Lubinsky had literally run him out of his office some years earlier!), leading to all sorts of legal wrangles that finally went Robinson's way.
Harrison bounced from Neptune to Doc to Constellation to Port to Vest with little in the way of tangible rewards before unexpectedly making a comeback in 1969 with his infectious "Let's Work Together" for Juggy Murray's Sue imprint.
Wilbert Harrison : Oldies.com (186 words)
Although Harrison first recorded as early as 1953, it was not until the end of the decade that the singer established his reputation with a superb jump blues-styled adaptation of the perennial "Kansas City".
Harrison continued to record, rather unsuccessfully, throughout the 60s, until "Let's Work Together", a regenerated reading of that former release, returned him to the public eye.
Harrison subsequently appeared in London with Creedence Clearwater Revival, but the song ultimately became better known with Canned Heat's hit version, a number 2 in the UK and a number 17...
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