Biography: Andre “Mr. Rhythm” Williams

Andre “Mr. Rhythm” Williams
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Andre “Mr. Rhythm” Williams was born in Bessemer, Alabama, on November 1, 1936.  He started singing in 1952 with a church choir in Chicago, Illinois.  The Williams family then moved to Detroit, Michigan, where he began recording for Fortune Records.  Andre recorded over fifty (50) songs for the Detroit based label. Among the songs he is credited for are:
1. Bacon Fat
2. The Greasy Chicken
3. Going Down Tijuana
4. Jail Bait
5. Put a Chain on It

“Mr. Rhythm” also recorded under the group names The Five Dollars and Andre Williams and the Don Juans.  He became a giant record producer and songwriter, composing such title hits as:
1. Shake a Tail Feather
2. Twine Time
3. Funky Judge
4. Cadillac Jack
The above releases each sold over a million copies.

Mr. Williams then went on to produce other great artists, including:
1. Mary Wells
2. Stevie Wonder
3. The Contours
4. The Dramatics
5. Tina Turner
6. Bobby Bland
7. Bull and the Matadors
8. Alvin Cash
9. The Chi Lites

In 1997 he launched his comeback, with the release of a compact disc on the St. George and Norton Record labels, entitled “GREASY” and a Christmas 45, Poor Mr. Santa.  “SILKY,” a garage-rock crossover CD followed in March 1998, on the In The Red Records label.

Since his comeback “Mr. Rhythm” has performed to sold out audiences across the United States and in Canada.  He has played to packed houses in New York, at The Chicago Blues, and the Louisiana Bar and Grill (1997), and opened for The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at the Tramps (1998), to a soldout audience.  In St. Louis he rocked the Blues Festival, a performance he later repeated at the Utrick Blues Festival in Holland.  His magical comeback has also seen him dazzling his fans at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago and the Magic Bag in Detroit.

In 1998 Mr. Williams followed up a succession of successful 1997 venues with soldout European “Silky” concert tours with the Countdowns, the Doll Rods and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

For the Pre-Millennium year, Andre “Mr. Rhythm” Williams puts up an explosive, dynamic and barrier-breaking CD entitled “Red Dirt,” a country and western album released on the Bloodshot Records label (March 1999).  During the Spring and Summer of 1999, he had two magnificent European “Silky” tours for concerts and festivals.  Thereafter... his “Red Dirt” tour led us into the new millennium.

This year finds Mr. Rhythm releasing a live in concert “Red Dirt” album on the Bloodshot label after his smashing Europe 1999 tour.  Additionally, Andre Williams featuring The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, will blast the universe with a 45 disc entitled “LapDance” (2/2000).  His new album, “The Black Godfather,” In The Red Records, will set the stage for his Australian tour in March; Europe in April, and Japan in August, 2000.  A release “Rib Tips and Pig Snoots” with some of his Oh! So! Original records can be found on the Soulicious/Tuff Records, 1/2000, and last but not least a Fall release shall be on Norton Records, for his cult followers to include the very very very very very (Keep Your... Alive) single “Humping, Bumping and Thumping”.