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When You Tie The Knot

by Willie West

A warm soul style that fuses R&B, pop and gospel with powerful vocals that can captivate any audience.
Genre: Blues: Blues Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hot Lover
5:12 $0.99
2. I'm Hooked On Your Love
4:03 $0.99
3. Real Thing
4:40 $0.99
4. I Can't Go On Mrs. Jones
4:59 $0.99
5. When You Tie The Knot
4:59 $0.99
6. Happy Anniversary
5:13 $0.99
7. When Love Ain't There
4:48 $0.99
8. You Hold The Key
4:07 $0.99
9. This Time Around
3:57 $0.99
10. Hot Lover Remix
7:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
For four decades, deep soul man Willie West has been one of New Orleans' best kept musical secrets. A contemporary of Johnny Adams, Aaron Neville, Lee Dorsey, Irma Thomas and Ernie K-Doe, West's career has been overlooked by some because his resume lacks the one identifiable national hit that can shape a recording artist's career. Nevertheless, his string of great single and album releases have continually proven West is a top-ranked New Orleans entertainer. This CD again underlines that fact.

Born in Raceland, Louisiana, West broke into show business as a teenager singing with a group called the Sharks.

Signed by the Rusttone label in the early 1960's, West scored a regional hit with the memorable "Did You Have Fun," which led to a string of one-nighters performing opposite the likes of Solomon Burke and Jimmy Reed. After moving to New Orleans in the mid-1960's, West switched to the Frisco label. Singles like "Lost Love" and "I'm Back Again" made noise around town, but he became better known as an energetic showman with a stage routine comparable to James Brown and Jackie Wilson at their best. West became equally popular at fraternity parties, chitlin' circuit clubs and French Quarter nightspots.

In 1966, Allen Toussaint recruited West for his Deesu label, and they collaborated on several excellent singles. On the live front, West joined Deacon John's band, The Electric Soul Train, then one of the area's most popular and exciting reviews.In the early 1970's, West became a "part-time" vocalist with the Meters, a position he held until the group disbanded in 1980. He also recorder the Allen Toussaint-produced soundtrack for the movie "Black Samson" which starred William Smith.
For the better part of the last decade, West has been performing in the French Quarter and on a circuit of clubs in the South. On stage, West exudes the tremendous personal magnetism his audience appreciates. West fuses gospel, pop and R&B into his own personal brand of soul. That warm soul style pervades every song on this outstanding new CD spotlighting the exciting Willie West.

By Jeff Hannusch New Orleans, October 2002



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creole downhome records

great voice and tonessolid production
this cd is explosive and truly deserved the air play and promotion its a great cd .it reminds me of the great johnny adams who dint get the respect he desereve but willie steps in and sound great good luck willie best wishes creole down home records lasvegas nevada

Miami Dan Yoe

Great stuff
What do you get when you start with one part Al Green, add one part Marvin Gaye, stir and then top off with two parts Chi-Lites? It all adds up to one great album by Willie West. I love this cd.