|Little Willie Littlefield at the House of Blues, New Orleans|
2009 Ponderosa Stomp. Photo © Ron Weinstock
Little Willie Littlefield recorded "K.C. Lovin'" for Federal in 1952 that was the original of "Kansas City." I remember a Blues Unlimited interview which he claimed to have written the song and sold it to Lieber and Stoller. He also claimed the same with "Ruby, Ruby," which he recorded for Rhythm in 1957. He had some other fine recordings that varied from moody to ebullient “Happy Payday”).
Anyway his Stomp performance pictured was first rate. He turns 80 today and we celebrate this legend of rhythm and blues.