Willie "Big Eyes" Smith
from Helena, AR
January 19, 1936 - September 16, 2011 (age 75)
The longtime drummer with the Muddy Waters Band, bluesman Willie Big Eyes Smith was born in Helena, AK, on January 19, 1936; raised by his sharecropper grandparents, as a child his neighbors included the likes of Robert Nighthawk and Pinetop Perkins. At 17 he traveled to Chicago to visit his mother, and never returned home; instead Smith taught himself harmonica and drums, and with harpist Clifton James and guitarist Bobby Lee Burns formed a blues trio. Upon marrying his first wife in 1955, Smith agreed to retire from performing, but within a year he was backing Arthur Big Boy Spires; after a brief attempt at fronting his own band, he returned to his drum kit, joining Hudson Shower's Red Devil Trio. After a few lean years that forced him to go on welfare, Smith joined Waters in 1961 and remained with the blues giant until 1980, when he co-founded the Legendary Blues Band. His first solo recording, Bag Full of Blues, did not appear until 1995; Nothin' But the Blues Y'all followed four years later and Blues from the Heart was issued in fall 2000. Bluesin' It appeared in 2004 from Electro-Fi while the pleasant Way Back was released in 2006 by Hightone Records. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith Smokin' The Joint
Willie ''Big Eyes'' Smith ~ Tribute ( Modern Harmonica Chicago Blues )
Willie Big Eyes Smith Plays Helena
Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith - Bag Full Of Blues[FA]
Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith Watch Your Enemies.
Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith Big Rear End
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith Harmonica
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