1979 Wet Willie – Wich One’s Willie?

Wet Willie is an American band from Mobile, Alabama, U.S. They are best known for their hit “Keep On Smilin’,” reaching #10 on the Billboard Chart in August 1974, but had a number of charted songs in the 1970s utilizing their soulful brand of Southern rock.

Drummer Lewis Ross assembled the musicians for a group called “Fox” in the summer of 1969 and after relocating from Mobile, AL. to Macon, GA., home of Capricorn Records, became known as “Wet Willie”.  Wet Willie is a versatile, high-energy Southern rock band that, from 1971 until 1978, produced an array of albums awash in good-time music, rollicking high-energy blues-rock, and white Southern soul while releasing several charting singles and achieving one Top Ten hit and a lot of admirers. They toured and recorded extensively from 1969 through the early Eighties, and they still perform today in two slightly different versions, depending on whether Jimmy Hall is present. When Hall is with the band, it is billed as Wet Willie; otherwise, it is billed as The Wet Willie Band.

Tracks

1  Ramona (Joe Droukas; Peter Solomon) 4:36
2  Stop And Take A Look (Jerry Akines; Johnny Bellmon; Reginald Turner; Robert Peckman; Victor Drayton) 4:26
3  Weekend (Mick Jackson; Tommy Mayer) 6:00
4  Smoke (Michael Duke) 5:01
5  The Hard Way (Michael Duke) 4:22
6  Tired Dreams (Michael Duke) 4:13
7  This Time (Michael Duke) 3:59
8  Mr. Streamline (Jack Hall; Jimmy Hall; Marshal Smith) 4:01
9  You Don’t Know What You Mean To Me (Eddie Floyd; Steve Carpenter) 4:08

Media

Musicians

BassJack Hall
DrumsTheophilius Lively
GuitarLarry Berwald
GuitarMarshall Smith
HarmonicaJimmy Hall
KeyboardsMike Duke
SaxGary Herbig
SaxDavid Luell
TromboneBob Payne
TrumpetChuck Findley
TrumpetSteve Madaio
PercussionLenny Castro
PercussionVictor Feldman
Background VocalsAngelle Trosclair
Background VocalsPaulette Brown
Background VocalsVenetta Fields

Other Musicians

1 Ramona

SaxJimmy Hall

 

8 Mr. Streamline

SaxJimmy Hall

Liner Notes

Producer – Lennie Petze
Arranged By (Horns & Strings) – Jai Winding
Conductor (Strings) – Steve Porcaro (Tracks 6, 7)
Engineer – David Thoener

Design – Douglas Casmus
Photography By – Norman Seeff

Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Inc.
Recorded At – Record Plant, N.Y.C.
Recorded At – Record Plant, Los Angeles