Willie Henderson

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  
(Results 1-25 of 87 records)


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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/204421


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