n his 30 years, marked by stardom and tragedy, Little Willie John (1937-1968) left one hell of a legacy. Arkansas-born, raised in Detroit, the onetime teen gospel singer became an R&B prodigy when legendary A&R man Henry Glover signed John to King Records in 1955. The hits started immediately with "All Around The World," followed in 1956 by "Need Your Love So Bad" (written by Willie's brother Mertis), as well as "Letter From My Darling" and "Do Something For Me."

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