Wilbert Harrison

One of thirteen children, Wilbert Harrison was born in January of 1929, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Although he is known best as a singer of rhythm and blues, he was also an accomplished pianist and guitarist.

Wilbert’s career exploded, in 1959, when he took “Kansas City” to No.1 on both Billboard’s pop and rhythm and blues charts. The song had actually been written by the legendary duo of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, in 1952.

Regardless of the fact Wilbert continued to tour and record, it was to be another decade before he would re-enter the charts. This event came in the form of the self-penned single, “Let’s Work Together (Part 1)”, which reached No.32 on Billboard’s Hot 100, in 1969.

“Let’s Work Together” was covered by Canned Heat in 1970 and under the title of “Let’s Stick Together” was to be taken to No.4, in Britain, and No.2, in Australia, by the leader of Roxy Music, Englishman Bryan Ferry, in 1976.

Wilbert Harrison died from a stroke, in October of 1994, at the age of sixty-five.

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