Willie's name crops
up on a lot of Detroit discs.
scan courtesy of Dougie Ward
Prior to Ric-Tic, he was particularly busy
working with Mike Hanks.
Davie Gordon shared
this information on the forum.
surprised to see Willie's name credited on a Ruth Brown
song back in the fifties. Another of his early songs was
LaVern Baker's "Bop ting a ling" which he
co-wrote with Clarence Paul.
I think he is also
the K Barker or Kay Barker who co-wrote "It's
amazing" for Ben E King and "Jody's got your
girl" for Johnnie Taylor.
He also co-wrote and
co-produced for Buddy Lamp on the Duke label using the alias
Willie also worked with
the Magictones, Emanuel
Lasky, Carla Thomas, Don
Hart, The Dells, Lee Rogers, Geraldine Hunt, the Paragons,
JJ Barnes, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Fabulous Peps
and the Lamp Sisters."
As an artist he can be traced to one 45, "Meet me
halfway", on Ric-Tic125. For this he would use another
pseudonym, Willie G.
Willie went on to
work with Don Davis in the seventies and sadly died a few