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Little Willie John
Little Willie John, real name William Edgar John (born November 15, 1937) is an American singer, best known for his versions of "All around the World" (1955, Titus Turner ), "Suffering with the Blues", "Need Your Love So Bad", "Fever" (1956, more famously covered by Peggy Lee in 1958), "Sleep" (1961) and "Let Them Talk". Known for his alcoholism and erratic behavior, as well his insecurity regarding his 5'4" height, Little Willie John died on May 26, 1968 at Washington State Prison in Walla Walla, Washington; he had been imprisoned for stabbing a man to death in October 1964. The official cause of death is listed as a heart attack, though some report he died of pneumonia or asphyxiation.
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