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Williams, Joe (orig. Joseph Goreed)

Born: 1918 AD
Died: 1999 AD, at 80 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Musicians, Singer



1918 – Born on the 12th of December in Cordele, Georgia.


1930 – A member of ‘The Jubilee Boys” and performed in Chicago churches.


1931-1940 - He worked as a singer and bouncer Chicago


1943 – He was hired by the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. He toured with Hampton for several years but never achieved breakthrough success.


1954 - He rose to national prominence as the singer for Count Basie's Orchestra. He remained with Basie for several years. "Everyday I have the Blues" is his biggest hit.


1980 - Bill Cosby cast Williams as his father-in-law "Grandpa Al" Hanks in a recurring role on the sit-com The Cosby Show.


1999 – On the 29th of March, he died at the age of 80.


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