Jody Williams

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Joseph Leon (Jody) Williams was born on February 3, 1935 and moved to Chicago when he was 5. He was a protege of Bo Diddley and became a session musician at Chess. He plays the lead guitar on Diddley’s “Who do you love” and many other recordings of the period. He also recorded under the names as Little Papa Joe and as Little Joe Lee. When the distinctive riff he created for Billy Stewart’s 1956 Argo release, “Billy’s Blues”, was appropriated by Mickey Baker for the Mickey & Sylvia hit, “Love Is Strange”, Chess Records took legal action. At the conclusion of the case in 1961, Williams gained neither credit nor compensation. Disillusioned, he left the music business and retrained as an engineer, working with Xerox until he retired. In 2013, Williams was inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame.

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