The Golden World Story
William Garrett

Label scan courtesy of Dougie Ward

Willie's name crops up on a lot of Detroit discs.

Prior to Ric-Tic, he was particularly busy working with Mike Hanks.

Davie Gordon shared this information on the forum.

"I was 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 J Corley.

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 years ago.



Notes by David Meikle

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