Willie Kent

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Willie Kent (February 24, 1936[1] – March 2, 2006)[2] was an American blues singer, bassist and songwriter.

Career[edit]

Kent was born in Inverness, Sunflower County, Mississippi. Although he had played the bass guitar in Chicago's clubs since the 1950s, Kent worked full-time in careers other than music until he was over 50 years of age.[3] Following heart surgery, he stopped work as a truck driver, and formed a band.[3]

Kent continued to play live shows, even after being diagnosed with colon cancer in early 2005. He died in Englewood, Illinois in March 2006.[4][5]

Discography[edit]

  • 1975 – Ghetto (Storyville Records)
  • 1989 – I'm What You Need (Big Boy Records)
  • 1991 – Ain't It Nice (Delmark Records)
  • 1991 – King of Chicago's West Side Blues (Wolf Records)
  • 1993 – Live at B.L.U.E.S. in Chicago (Wolf Records)
  • 1994 – Too Hurt to Cry (Delmark Records)
  • 1996 – Long Way to Ol' Miss (Delmark Records)
  • 1998 – Everybody Needs Somebody (Wolf Records)
  • 1998 – Make Room for the Blues (Delmark Records)
  • 1998 – Who's Been Talking with Lil' Ed Williams (Earwig Music Company)
  • 2001 – Comin' Alive! (Blue Chicago Records)
  • 2004 – Blues and Trouble (Isabel Records)

Awards and honors[edit]

[citation needed]

  • W.C. Handy Awards: Best Blues Instrumentalist, Bass 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005
  • Critics' Choice: Most Outstanding Blues Musician, Bass from Living Blues magazine (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001)
  • Readers' Choice: Album of the Year 2001 from Soul Bag magazine, France, for Comin' Alive
  • Critics' Choice: Album of the Year 2001 from Soul Bag magazine, France, for Comin' Alive
  • France Blues Award: Best Blues Musician, Bass for the years 2002, 2003
  • Chicago's Album of the Year 1998: for Make Room for the Blues
  • Library of Congress' Best Blues Recording of the Year 1991: for Ain't It Nice

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com
  2. ^ Kent obituary, The Times, April 5, 2006
  3. ^ a b Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. p. 130. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  4. ^ Allmusic biography – accessed January 2008
  5. ^ Thedeadrockstarsclub.com – accessed November 2009