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Larry Williams
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    (May 10, 1935-January 7, 1980)
    Born in New Orleans, Louisiana
    Recorded the songs 'Bony Moronie,' 'Short Fat Fannie,' 'Dizzy Miss Lizzie,' 'Slow Down,' 'Bad Boy' and 'She Said Yeah'
    With Johnny 'Guitar' Watson recorded 'Two For The Price Of One' and 'Mercy, Mercy, Mercy'
    Found shot dead in his home
    He was a pimp before and after his hit-making days.
    He did time for dealing drugs (1960).
    He tried unsuccessfully to relaunch his career as a disco singer in the 70s.
    He pulled a gun on former friend and labelmate Little Richard in an argument (1977).
    After his death, an Illinois blues singer named Martin Albritton began performing as the 'real' Larry Williams.
    He started as singer Lloyd Price's chauffeur and valet before getting the chance to record.
    The Beatles covered three of his songs: 'Slow Down,' 'Bad Boy' and 'Dizzy Miss Lizzie.'
    'Bony Moronie' was named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of '500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.'
    Although his death was officially ruled a suicide, it was widely rumored to be a murder.

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