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Chick Willis to get Legend award

Culloden’s own Chick Willis will be the recipient of the Georgia Music Legend Award at the BBQ & Blues main event concert Saturday evening at Ritz park. Willis served in the military in the early 1950s before working as a chauffeur for his cousin Chuck Willis during his heyday. He won a talent show at the Magnolia Ballroom in Atlanta, Georgia and made his first record in 1956, with the Ebb Records’ single “You’re Mine”. Initially, he only sang, but learned guitar while touring with his cousin; Guitar Slim was one of his foremost influences. After Chuck’s death in 1957, Willis played with Elmore James, recording singles through the 1960s for Atco and other labels. His 1972 release, “Stoop Down Baby”, was a jukebox hit but secured no radio airplay, due to its sexually explicit content. He released a steady stream of albums on Ichiban Records in the 1980s and 1990s, and continued to record into the 2000s. -wikipedia bio

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