Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (born January 19, 1936, Helena, Arkansas, died September 16, 2011) was an American blues vocalist, harmonica player, and known as a longtime drummer for Muddy Waters's band. Morris Pejoe, Arthur "Big Boy" Spires & Willie "Big Eyes" Smith - Wrapped In My Baby (Album, Comp).
Willie Lee "Big Eyes" Smith (January 19, 1936 – September 16, 2011) was a Grammy Award-winning American electric blues vocalist, harmonica player, and drummer. He was best known for several stints with the Muddy Waters band beginning in the early 1960s. Born in Helena, Arkansas, Smith learned to play harmonica at age seventeen after moving to Chicago
The Juke Joint Rockers & Willie "Big Eyes" Smith 2004. One Day Till Christmas. Santa's Got Mojo 2000. Upon marrying his first wife in 1955, Smith agreed to retire from performing, but within a year he was backing Arthur "Big Boy" Spires; after a brief attempt at fronting his own band, he returned to his drum kit, joining Hudson Shower's Red Devil Trio. After a few lean years that forced him to go on welfare, Smith joined Waters in 1961 and remained with the blues giant until 1980, when he co-founded the Legendary Blues Band
Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup - 2013 - Sunny Road. 10 - All I Got Is Gone. 04 - She Gives Me A Thrill. 07 - I Have Called Up China. 06 - The One That I Love. 08 - I'm Leavin' Town. 03 - Trying To Take Me For A Ride. 02 - Please Don't Leave Me With The Blues. 09 - Studio Chatter With Bob Koester.
Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires. MORRIS PEJOE and His Band - She Walked Right In (410A) - You Gone Away (410B) originally unissued tracks from same session: - Let's Get High - Baby I'm Lonely - You Made Me Love You rec. c. 1960 in Chicago, IL; Morris Pejoe, voc, g; saxes; Henry Gray, p; Andrew McMahon, b; dr
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. As "Little Willie" Smith he played in the Rocket Four, led by blues guitarist Arthur "Big Boy" Spires, and made recordings that were later reissued on the Delmark label. In 1955 Smith played harmonica on Bo Diddley's recording of the Willie Dixon song "Diddy Wah Diddy" for the Checker label. Drummers were in more demand than harp players so Smith switched to drums and starting playing with Muddy Waters band . In 1999, Smith recorded with Muddy Waters' son Big Bill Morganfield on his album Rising Son. Smith's album Way Back (2006), contained 11 songs, half of which he wrote.
Willie Big Eyes Smith was born in Helena, AR in 1936. At the age of 17 he ventured to Chicago where he heard Muddy Waters for the first time. Willie was hooked on the blues and the attraction to the music persuaded him to stay in Chicago. In 1954 Willie, playing harmonica, formed a trio with drummer Clifton James. The trio built a following in Chicago and gigged around the area for a few years. During this same time, Willie played harp with several other artists including Bo Diddley, Arthur Big Boy Spires and Johnny Shines. In 1957 Willie joined Little Hudson’s Red Devil Trio and switched.
album: The Best Of (1948-1955). Arthur & Boy& Spires, Willie & Eyes& Smith, Arthur 'Big Boy' Spires, Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith - Wrapped in My Baby. album: The Morning After Blues. The Northern Blues Legends, Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith - Breaking Hearts. album: Blues from the Heart. The Northern Blues Legends, Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith - One Day Till Christmas. Willie Big Eyes Smith - That's The Way To Do It (. album: "Nothin' But The Blues Y'All"