Willie Headen

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Though he never had a substantial national hit, Willie Headen made a series of respectable R&B records in the mid- to late '50s in a small combo piano-based style, though that approach was getting slightly out of fashion with the onset of rock & roll.

Headen began his career in gospel music and formed his own group to sing at churches in Austin, TX, later joining the Kansas City Gospel Singers, though he doesn't appear on their early-'50s recordings. Moving to Los Angeles in the early '50s, he was working as a shoeshine man in the Watts neighborhood when he caught the attention of customer Dootsie Williams, who liked the way Headen sang while he worked. Williams signed Headen to his label, Dootone (though Bumps Blackwell of Specialty had also expressed some interest), and Headen cut his debut 45 for Dootone in 1954.
About a dozen singles followed in the rest of the 1950s on Dootone and its affiliated Authentic and Dooto labels, some of them, oddly, issued under the name Willie Hayden, and one under the name Clifford Chambers. Dootone also issued an LP in 1960, but the singer left the music business around that time, though he did do a couple of soul singles for Kent in the late '60s.
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Singles & EPs

1203 Willie Headen - I Love You Bobby Sox / Stop Drinking album art Willie Headen, Dootsie Williams And His Orchestra Willie Headen, Dootsie Williams And His Orchestra - I Love You Bobby Sox / Stop Drinking(Shellac, 10") Dootone Records 1203 US 1954 Sell This Version
703 Willie Headen - Back Home Again / I Wanna Know album art Willie Headen And The Five Birds Willie Headen And The Five Birds - Back Home Again / I Wanna Know Authentic Records (5) 703 US 1956 Sell This Version
AU 410 Willie Headen - Let Me Cry / The Skinny Woman Story album art Willie Headen And The Five Birds Willie Headen And The Five Birds - Let Me Cry / The Skinny Woman Story (Single) Dooto Records AU 410 US 1957 Sell This Version
437 Willie Headen - I'm A Real Fine Daddy album art Willie Headen I'm A Real Fine Daddy(7") Dooto Records 437 US 1958 Sell This Version
457 Willie Headen - Blame It On The Blues / Sunset And Vine / I Love You Bobby Sox / You Can Be Replaced album art Willie Hayden* Blame It On The Blues / Sunset And Vine / I Love You Bobby Sox / You Can Be Replaced(7", EP) Dooto Records 457 US 1960 Sell This Version
K 45x473 Willie Headen - I Want To Know album art Willie Headen I Want To Know (Single) Smogville K 45x473 US 1967 Sell This Version
417 Willie Headen - Everybody Has A Fool album art Willie Hayden* Everybody Has A Fool(7", RE) Dooto Records 417 US Unknown Sell This Version
K 45x485 Willie Headen - Just A Letter From You album art Willie Headen Just A Letter From You(7", Promo) Kent K 45x485 US Unknown Sell This Version
427 Willie Headen - Blame It On The Blues / Cool Cat album art Willie Hayden* Blame It On The Blues / Cool Cat(7", Single, RE) Dooto Records 427 US Unknown Sell This Version
1081 Willie Headen - Buick 59 / I Love You Bobby Sox album art The Medallions, Willie Headen The Medallions, Willie Headen - Buick 59 / I Love You Bobby Sox(Shellac, 10", Single, Mono) Ronnex Records 1081 Belgium Unknown Sell This Version
437 Willie Headen - I'm A Real Fine Daddy album art Willie Headen I'm A Real Fine Daddy(7", Single) Dootone Records 437 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

DTL 293 Willie Headen - Blame It On The Blues album art Willie Hayden* Blame It On The Blues (Comp) Dooto Records DTL 293 US 1960 Sell This Version