Chanteur Rhythm 'n' Blues US né le 5 janvier 1929 à Charlotte (Caroline du Nord). Wilbert Harrison accéda à la première place du Billboard en 1959 grâce à chanson "Kansas City". Ce titre fut écrit en 1951 et fut le premier issu de la collaboration entre Jerry Leiber et Mike Stoller. Harrison enregistra "Kansas City" pour le producteur Bobby Robinson qui fit scandale avec Herman Lubinsky et Savoy Records.
Les chansons d'Harrison étaient notables notamment grâce à la participation régulière du guitariste Wild Jimmy Spruill dont le solo de guitare sur "Kansas City" est l'un des plus mémorables de l'histoire du Rock'n Roll.
Après ce succès, Harrison continua à se produire et à enregistrer mais il se passe 10 années avant qu'il enregistrait "Let's Work Together" qui le propulsa dans le Billboard Hot 100 et qui fut repris par la suite par Canned Heat dans une version légèrement modifiée et coupée. A la suite de ceci, ce titre fut repris par Bryan Ferry en 1976. En 1970, il renoua avec le succès grâce à sa chanson "My Heart Is Yours". Par la suite, il se produisit durant des années avec un groupe appelé "Wilbert Harrison and The Roamers" ou encore en solo.
Wilbert Harrison est mort le 26 Octobre 1994 dans une maison de retraite à Spencer (Caroline du Nord) à l'âge de 65 ans. En 2001, il reçut un Grammy Hall of Fame Award pour son succès "Kansas City".

Perceived by casual oldies fans as a two-hit wonder (his 1959 chart-topper "Kansas City" and a heartwarming "Let's Work Together" a full decade later), Wilbert Harrison actually left behind a varied body of work that blended an intriguing melange of musical idioms into something quite distinctive.
Country and gospel strains filtered into Wilbert Harrison's consciousness as a youth in North Carolina. When he got out of the Navy in Miami around 1950, he began performing in a calypso-based style. Miami entrepreneur Henry Stone signed Harrison to his Rockin' logo in 1953; his debut single, "This Woman of Mine," utilized the very same melody as his later reading of "Kansas City" (the first rendition of the Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller composition by pianist Little Willie Littlefield came out in 1952, doubtless making an impression). Its flip, a country-tinged "Letter Edged in Black," exhibited Harrison's eclectic mindset.
After moving to Newark, NJ, Harrison wandered by the headquarters of Savoy Records one fortuitous day and was snapped up by producer Fred Mendelsohn. 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.
That changed instantly when Harrison waxed his driving "Kansas City" for Harlem entrepreneur Bobby Robinson in 1959. With a barbed-wire guitar solo by Wild Jimmy Spruill igniting Harrison's no-frills piano and clenched vocal, "Kansas City" paced both the R&B and pop charts soon after its issue on Fury Records (not bad for a $40 session). 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. Momentum for any Fury follow-ups had been fatally blunted in the interim, despite fine attempts with "Cheatin' Baby," the sequel "Goodbye Kansas City," and the original "Let's Stick Together."
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. The two-part single proved a popular cover item — Canned Heat revived it shortly thereafter, and Bryan Ferry chimed in with his treatment later on. Alas, it was an isolated happenstance — apart from "My Heart Is Yours," a bottom-end chart entry on SSS International in 1971, no more hits were in Wilbert's future. But Harrison soldiered on, sometimes as a one-man band, for years to come.

Talents : Singer, Guitar, Piano

Style musical : Early Rhythm 'n' Blues, Rock 'n' Roll, Pop / Blues

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAmDxxLV_vw

KANSAS CITY (1959)

HAPPY IN LOVE (1961)

MY LOVE (1965)

LET'S WORK TOGETHER (1969)

CHEATIN' WOMAN (1976)

Années en activité :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t., Singles

1952 SP ROCKIN' 526 (US) This Woman Of Mine / The Letter
1953 SP DELUXE 6002 (US) This Woman Of Mine / The Letter
1954 SP DELUXE 6031 (US) Nobody Knows My Troubles / Gin And Coconut Milk
09/1954 SP SAVOY 45-1138 (US) The Ways Of A Woman / Don't Drop It
1955 SP SAVOY 45-1149 (US) Wilbert Harrison & The Roamers - Women And Whiskey / Da Dee Ya Du
07/1955 SP SAVOY 45-1164 (US) Florida Special / Darling Listen To This Song
08/1956 SP SAVOY 45-1198 (US) Confessin' My Dream / The Way I Feel
1956 SP CHART 626 (US) Cool Water / Calypso Man
06/1957 SP SAVOY 45-1517 (US) I Know My Baby Loves Me / My Love Is Ture
02/1959 SP GLADES 603 (US) Gonna Tell You A Story / Letter Edged In Black
03/1959 SP FURY 1023 (US) Kansas City / Listen, My Darling
06/1959 SP SAVOY 45-1571 (US) Baby Don't You Know / Don't Drop It
12/1959 SP FURY 1027 (US) Cheating Baby / Don't Wreck My Life
01/1960 SP FURY 1028 (US) Goodbye Kansas City / 1960
06/1960 SP FURY 1031 (US) C.C. Rider / Why Did You Leave?
10/1960 SP FURY 1037 (US) Since I Fell For You / Little School Girl
11/1960 SP FURY 1041 (US) The Horse / Da-De-Ya-Da (I'd Do Anything For You)
04/1961 SP FURY 1047 (US) Happy In Love / Calypso Dance
05/1961 SP NEPTUNE 123 (US) Off To Work Again / After Graduation
10/1961 SP FURY 1055 (US) Drafted / My Heart Is Yours
1962 SP FURY 1059 (US) Let's Stick Together / Kansas City Twist
04/1962 SP FURY 1063 (US) Let's Stick Together / My Heart Is Yours
11/1962 SP DOC 1001/2 (US) Wilbert Harrison & His Kansas City Playboys - Off To School Again / Broke
08/1963 SP Sea Horn SH-502 (US) Near To You / Say It Again
04/1964 SP CONSTELLATION C-122 (US) New York World's Fair / Mama, Mama, Mama
1964 SP OLDIES 45 11 (US) Kansas City / Listen My Darling
07/1965 SP PORT 45-3003 (US) Baby Move On / You're Still My Baby
11/1965 SP PORT 45-3009 (US) Sugar Lump / Don't Take It So Hard
03/1965 SP Sphere Sound SSR 700 (US) My Love / Messed Around And Fell In Love
1966 SP VEST 8006 (US) Please Forgive Me / Poison Ivy
06/1966 SP DeeSu 301 (US) Clementine / Sentimental Journey
1967 SP ROULETTE 4752 (US) No One's Love But Yours / Mini-Parade
1967 SP ROULETTE 4782 (US) Lawdy Miss Clawdy / The Whatchamacalla
1967 SP FURY 5001 (US) (If Women Are) Trouble / Let's Have Some Fun
1969 SP Juggernaut 405 (US) Shoot You Full Of Love / Louie, Louie
05/1969 SP SUE 11 (US) Wilbert Harrison One Man Band - Let's Work Together (Part 1) / Let's Work Together (Part 2)
1970 SP Bell 869 (US) C. C. Rider / Since I Fell For You
1970 SP WET SOUL 4 (US) Pretty Little Women / My Heart Is Yours
1970 SP SSS International 830 (US) (promo) My Heart Is Yours (mono) / My Heart Is Yours (stereo)
1970 SP SSS International 830 (US) My Heart Is Yours / Pretty Little Women
1972 SP HOT LINE hot 101 (US) Amen / Get It While You Can
1973 SP Eric 161 (US) Kansas City / Listen My Darling
197? SP Trip 21 (US) Kansas City / Ya-Ya (Lee DORSEY)
197? SP Lost Nite LN-365 (US) Kansas City / Listen My Darling
1973 SP Goldies 45 D-2524 (US) Wilbur Harrison - Kansas City / Listen My Darling
1974 SP Brunswick 55511 (US) Lovin' Operator / Love You
1975 SP Brunswick 55519 (US) I'm Going To The River (Wilbert Harrison) / I Need Some (Honey Honey)
1976 SP FURY 6000 (US) (Just Got To Have Some) Money Honey / (Just Got To Have Some) Money Honey (instr.)
19?? SP Collectables Col 016257 (US) Kansas City / Listen My Darling
19?? SP Collectables Col 031487 (US) Let's Work Together (Wilbert Harrison) / Itchy Twitchy Feeling (Bobby Hendricks)
1989 SP Ripete 3059 (US) (You're More Than A Number In) My Little Red Book (DRIFTERS) / Don't Drop It (Wilbert Harrison)
1990 SP Ripete R45-114 (US) (You're More Than A Number In) My Little Red Book (DRIFTERS) / Don't Drop It (Wilbert Harrison)
1990 SP Ripete R45-141 (US) Kansas City (Wilbert Harrison) / Leader Of The Pack (Shangri-Las)
1990 SP Ripete R45-256 (US) Kansas City (Wilbert Harrison) / Ain't Got No Home (Clarence Frogman HENRY)























Albums

1959 LP 12" SPHERE SOUND SSR 7000 (US) KANSAS CITY - Kansas City / Listen My Darling / Cheatin' Baby / Don't Wreck My Life / Messed Around (And Fell In Love) / Why Did You Leave / My Love / Since I Fell For You / C.C. Rider / Da-De-Ya-Da / The Horse / Good-Bye Kansas City
10/1969 LP 12" SUE SSLP-8801 (US) LET'S WORK TOGETHER - Louie Louie / Let's Work Together / Kansas City / Tropical Shakedown / Blue Monday / Forgive Me / Soul Rattler / What Am I Living For / Stagger Lee / Stand By Me
1970 LP 12" BELL 6044 (US) THE BEST OF WILBERT HARRISON
1971 LP 12" BUDDAH BDS 5092 (US) WILBERT HARRISON - My Babe / Ain't That A Shame / Honest I Do / Going To The River / Girls On Parade / When The Saints Go Marching In / Blueberry Hill / You Can Make It If You Try / My Dream / Cold Cold Heart
1971 LP 12" WET SOUL WS-1001 (US) ANYTHING YOU WANT - Near To You / Say It Again / Clementine / I Got To Know / Let´s Stick Together / Your Three Letters / Sentimental Journey / From The Bottom Of My Heart / (This Will Have To Do) Until The Real Thing Comes Along / Pretty Little Woman / My Heart Is Yours / Sadness And Sorrow
1971 LP 12" JUGGERNAUT JUG ST/LP 8803 (US) SHOOT YOU FULL OF LOVE - Shoot You Full Of Love / C.C. Rider / Little Liza Jane / Soul Harmonica / That's All Right Baby / Down On The Corner / Near To You / Something Else / Shake A Hand / Things I Used To Do
1976 LP 12" CHELSEA CHL-523 (US) SOUL FOOD MAN - I Really Love You / I Don't Know / Mary Ann / Sweet Baby / Just Because / On Top Of Old Smokey / Loving Operator / Tell On Yourself / Coming Down With Love / Get It While You Can (Soul Food Man) / Cheatin' Woman / I Will Never Trust Another Woman
1985 LP 12" CHARLY CRB 1102 (UK) LOVIN' OPERATOR - Kansas City / Blueberry Hill / On Top Of Old Smokey / Why Did You Leave / Da-De-Ya- Da / Pretty Little Woman / Lovin' Operator / My Dream / Let's Stick Together / Mary Ann / I Really Love You / Don't Wreck My Life / Sweet Baby (Cheatin' Woman) / Tell On Yourself / I Will Never Trust Another Woman
1986 LP 12" KRAZY KAT 7439 (UK) THE SMALL LABELS - This Woman Of Mine / Letter Edged In Black / Gin And Coconut Milk / Nobody Knows My Trouble / Calypso Man / Cool Water / After Graduation / Off To Work Again / Off To School Again / I'm Broke / Mama Mama Mana / New York World's Fair / Baby Move On / You're Still My Baby / Please Forgive Me / Poison Ivy
1987 LP 12" SAVOY SJL-1182 (US) LISTEN TO MY SONG -
1989 LP 12" GRUDGE 4510-2-F10 (US) GREATEST CLASSIC R&B HITS - Stand By Me / Let's Work Together / Kansas City / CC Rider / Peepin' And Hidin' / Louie, Louie / Stager Lee / Tropical Shakedown / Lil' Liza Jane / Cheatin' Baby / What Am I Living For / Soul Rattler / Bring It On Home To Me / Nobody, Like My Baby
1992 CD RELIC 7035 (US) KANSAS CITY - Kansas City / Cheatin' Baby / Let's Stick Together / A Woman In Trouble / My Love / C.C. Rider / Since I Fell For You / It's Been A Long Time / Don't Wreck My Life / Little School Girl / Messed Around And Fell In Love / Kansas City Twist / Listen My Darling / Pretty Little Women / The Horse / Goodbye Kansas City / Why Did You Leave / Da-De-Ya-Da / At The World's Fair / 1960 / Don't Drop It / Drafted
06/1994 CD COLLECTABLES 5294 (US) KANSAS CITY - HIS LEGENDARY GOLDEN CLASSICS - Kansas City / Let's Work Together, Parts 1 & 2 / Don't Drop It / Stagger Lee / C.C. Rider / Cheatin' Baby / The Horse / Stand By Me / Since I Fell For You / Have Some Fun / My Love / 1960 / Blue Monday / Don't Wreck My Life / Why Did You Leave? / Walking By The River / Da-De-Ya-Da / Listen My Darling / Forgive Me / Pretty Little Woman / Poison Ivy / A Woman In Trouble / It Took A Long Time / Messed Around And Fell In Love / Goodbye Kansas City
08/2000 CD AIM 20 (AUS) KANSAS CITY - THE BEST OF WILBERT HARRISON - Let's Work Together, Pt. 1 & 2 / Kansas City / What Am I Living For? / C.C. Rider / Stagger Lee / Going To The River / Honest I Do / I Don't Know / Just Because / He'll Have To Go / My Babe / I Got To Know / I'll Never Trust Another Woman / My Dream / Li'l Liza Jane / My Love / Clementine / New York World's Fair / Until The Real Thing Comes Along / Girls On Parade / When The Saints Go Marching In
08/2006 CD FUEL 2000 061599 (US) AN INTRODUCTION TO WILBERT HARRISON - Kansas City / Let's Stick Together / I Will Never Trust Another Woman / Near To You / I Got To Know / My Heart Is Yours / (It Will Have To Do) Until The Real Thing Comes Along / Please Forgive Me / Baby Move On / You're Still My Baby / After Graduation / Off To Work Again / Clementine / Pretty Little Woman / Say It Again / Poison Ivy
08/2009 CD COLLECTABLES COL-CD-1418 (US) WILBERT HARRISON MEETS LEE DORSEY - Kansas City / Lets Work Together, Pts. 1-2 ) / Don't Drop It / Stagger Lee / Goodbye Kansas City / Working In A Coal Mine (Lee DORSEY) / Ride Your Pony (Lee DORSEY) / Ya Ya (Lee DORSEY) / Mess Around (Lee DORSEY) / Do Re Mi (Lee DORSEY)
04/2014 CD FUEL 2000 3020619982 (US)

Kansas City - Greatest Hits & Rarities - Kansas City / Cheating Baby / Let's Stick Together / A Woman In Trouble / My Love / C.C. Rider / Since I Fell For You / It's Been A Long Time / Don't Wreck My Life / Little School Girl / Messed Around And Fell In Love / Kansas City Twist / Listen My Darling / Pretty Little Women / The Horse / Good Bye Kansas City / Why Did You Leave / Da-De-Ya-Da (Anything For You) / 1960 / My Heart Is Yours / Drafted / New York World's Fair / Going To The River / Cold, Cold Heart / Ain't It A Shame

04/2014 2 CD Jasmine 2539259 (UK) Gonna Tell You a Story - Complete Singles As & Bs 1953-1962 :
CD 1 : Gonna Tell You A Story [aka This Woman Of Mine] / Letter Edged In Black / Nobody Knows My Troubles / Gin And Coconut Milk / Calypso Man / Cool Water / The Ways Of A Woman / Don't Drop It / Da Dee Ya Da (I'll Do Anything For You) / Women And Whiskey / Florida Special / Darling Listen To This Song / The Way I Feel / Confessin' My Dreams / My Love Is True / I Know My Baby Loves Me / Baby Don't You Know / My Love For You Lingers On / Kansas City / Listen My Darling
CD 2 : Cheatin' Baby / Don't Wreck My Life / Goodbye Kansas City / 1960 / C.C. Rider / Why Did You Leave / Since I Fell For You / Little School Girl / Dee Ya Da (I'll Do Anything For You) / The Horse / Happy In Love / Calypso Dance / Drafted / My Heart Is Yours / Let's Stick Together / Kansas City Twist / After Graduation / Off To Work Again / Off To School Again / I'm Broke

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