Joe Williams (jazz singer)

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Joe Williams
Joe Williams.jpg
Williams performing
Background information
Birth name Joseph Goreed
Born (1918-12-12)December 12, 1918
Origin Cordele, Georgia, U.S.
Died March 29, 1999(1999-03-29) (aged 80)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Traditional pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Labels RCA Victor, Verve
Associated acts Lionel Hampton, Count Basie
Notable instruments

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Awards, recognitions and legacy[edit]

Grammy Award[edit]

Joe Williams Grammy Award History[13]
Year Category Title Genre Result Notes
1989 Best Jazz Vocal Performance In Good Company Jazz Nominee
1989 Best Jazz Vocal Performance Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby Jazz Nominee with Marlena Shaw
1988 Best Jazz Vocal Performance I Won't Leave You Again Jazz Nominee with Lena Horne
1987 Best Jazz Vocal Performance Every Night Jazz Nominee
1986 Best Jazz Vocal Performance I Just Want to Sing Jazz Nominee
1984 Best Jazz Vocal Performance Nothin' But the Blues Jazz Winner
1982 Best Jazz Vocal Performance 8 to 5 I Lose Jazz Nominee
1979 Best Jazz Vocal Performance Prez and Joe Jazz Nominee

Grammy Hall of Fame[edit]

The Grammy Hall of Fame was established by The Recording Academy's National Trustees in 1973 to honor recordings of "lasting qualitative or historical significance" that are at least 25 years old.[14]

Year Recorded Title Genre Label Year Inducted Notes
1955 Everyday I Have the Blues Jazz (Single) Clef 1992 with Count Basie Orchestra

The Blues Foundation Awards[edit]

Joe Williams: Blues Music Awards[15]
Year Category Title Result
1985 Traditional Blues Album Nothin' But The Blues Winner


Year Category Result Notes
2001 ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame[16] Inducted
1995 Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame Inducted
1993 NEA Jazz Masters Winner
1993 Ebony Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
1983 Hollywood Walk of Fame Honored at 6508 Hollywood Blvd.
next to Count Basie

Selected discography[edit]

Year Title Label Billboard Chart
Top Jazz Albums[17]
2002 The Definitive Joe Williams Verve
2001 The Heart and Soul of Joe Williams and George Shearing Verve
1993 Every Day: The Best of the Verve Years Verve #2
1992 Ballad and Blues Master Verve #7
1997 The Best of Joe Williams: The Roulette, Solid State & Blue Note Years Verve #20
1990 That Holiday Feelin' Verve
1989 In Good Company Verve #5
1985 I Just Wanna Sing Delos
1984 Nothin' but the Blues Delos
1979 Dave Pell's Prez Conference GNP Crescendo
1973 Joe Williams Live - with The Cannonball Adderley & Nat Adderley Sextet Fantasy
1964 Me and the Blues RCA
1963 At Newport '63 RCA
1961 Together - with Harry "Sweets" Edison Roulette
1959 Every Day I Have the Blues - with Count Basie Roulette
1958 A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry Roulette
1957 One O'Clock Jump Verve
1956 Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings - with Count Basie Verve
1955 A Night at Count Basie's - with Count Basie Vanguard


  • 1991 Jazz at the Smithsonian (Kultur Video) - Rereleased in the Jazz Masters Series on DVD by Shanachie (2005)
  • 1992 Joe Williams with George Shearing: A Song is Born (VIEW) - Rereleased on DVD by VIEW (2004)[18]


  1. ^ "Joe Williams". all about jazz. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ All About jazz: Joe Williams
  3. ^ San Francisco Gate (Sunday, October 5, 1997): Blues singer Joe Williams
  4. ^ a b All Music: Joe Williams
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin. The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Guinness (1995), page 4494 - ISBN 1-56159-176-9
  6. ^ Count, William & Rushing at Newport Jazz Festival on YouTube
  7. ^ Santelli, Robert. The Big Book of Blues: A Biographical Encyclopedia (2001), page 514 - ISBN 0-14-015939-8
  8. ^ Cannonball Adderley: Big Man
  9. ^ San Francisco Examiner (March 30, 1999): Beautiful voice, elegant man: Joe Williams was perfect combination of jazz, blues and balad singer
  10. ^ Photo: William & Wilson 1997
  11. ^ Joe Williams at Find a Grave
  12. ^ Joe Williams Every Day Foundation
  13. ^ Grammy Award History
  14. ^ Grammy Hall of Fame Database
  15. ^ The Blues Foundation Database
  16. ^ The ASCP Jazz Wall of Fame list
  17. ^ Top Jazz Albums
  18. ^ VIEW DVD Listing

External links[edit]