Willie Henderson (born August 9, 1941 in Pensacola, Florida) is an American R&B and soul musician. Henderson moved to Chicago with his family while still a child, and began playing the baritone saxophone. He gigged with local artists like Otis Rush, Syl Johnson, Alvin Cash, and Harold Burrage while in his twenties, and began working for Brunswick Records in 1968 as the label's Chicago studio bandleader.
Henderson and producer Carl Davis did arrangements for musicians such as The Chi-Lites, Jackie Wilson, Tyrone Davis, and Barbara Acklin; Henderson played on many of these records and also did some production work himself, especially for Tyrone Davis, with whom he had a string of R&B and Hot 100 hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s on Brunswick subsidiary, Dakar.
Henderson also released several singles, which included "Funky Chicken (Part I)", as Willie Henderson and the Soul Explosions (#22 R&B, #91 pop); the Lowrell Simon-written 1974 instrumental "Dance Master", "Break Your Back" and "Gangster Boogie Bump", on Playboy Records. He also released two albums on Brunswick in 1970 and 1974.
Henderson left Brunswick in 1974 and began working independently as a producer. He produced the group Essence for Epic Records and former Brunswick singer, Barbara Acklin for Capital Records, continuing to produce into the 1980s and occasionally self-releasing singles on his label, NowSound. He formed the Chicago Music Organization in 1999, and still occasionally performs in the Chicago area.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 9th, 1941
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1968 - 1970
Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, arranger
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 87 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||120405||5/23/1968||You brought about a change in me||Jackie Wilson||leader|
|Decca||120406||5/23/1968||Nothing but blue skies||Jackie Wilson||leader|
|Decca||120407||5/23/1968||Growin' tall||Jackie Wilson||leader|
|Decca||120408||5/23/1968||I get the sweetest feeling||Jackie Wilson||leader|
|Decca||120409||5/23/1968||A woman needs to be loved||Jackie Wilson||leader|
|Decca||120438||June 1968||Never give you up||Gene Chandler||leader|
|Decca||120439||June 1968||Never give you up||Gene Chandler||leader|
|Decca||120440||June 1968||Blind heart||Gene Chandler||leader|
|Decca||120441||June 1968||Since you've been gone||Gene Chandler||leader|
|Decca||120442||June 1968||Laughter to tears||Gene Chandler||leader|
|Decca||120443||June 1968||Cowboys to girls||Gene Chandler||leader|
|Decca||120444||June 1968||Teacher, teacher||Gene Chandler||leader|
|Decca||120445||June 1968||Fooling around||Gene Chandler||leader|
|Decca||120446||June 1968||Lonely avenue||Gene Chandler||leader|
|Decca||120447||June 1968||Pit of loneliness||Gene Chandler||leader|
|Decca||120496||July 1968||Those were the good old days||Gene Chandler||leader|
|Decca||120497||July 1968||[Unknown title(s)]||Gene Chandler||leader|
|Decca||120572||7/27/1968||To me your name is love||Percy Mayfield||leader|
|Decca||120573||7/27/1968||My pain is here today||Percy Mayfield||leader|
|Decca||120574||7/27/1968||My baby' s gone||Percy Mayfield||leader|
|Decca||120575||7/27/1968||Alma Lee||Percy Mayfield||leader|
|Decca||120576||7/27/1968||Walking on a tightrope||Percy Mayfield||leader|
|Decca||120577||7/27/1968||She's gonna leave you alone||Percy Mayfield||leader|
|Decca||120674||7/27/1968||Please send me someone to love||Percy Mayfield||leader|
|Decca||120675||7/27/1968||Wouldn't do the same to me||Percy Mayfield||leader|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Henderson, Willie," accessed January 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204421.
Henderson, Willie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204421.
"Henderson, Willie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 January 2021.
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