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Larry Williams

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05/10/1935
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01/07/1980
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1954-1979
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Lawrence Eugene Williams was an American rhythm and blues and rock and roll singer, songwriter, producer and pianist from New Orleans. Williams is best known for writing and recording some rock and roll classics from 1957 to 1959 for Specialty Records, including "Bony Moronie", "Short Fat Fannie", "High School Dance" (1957), "Slow Down", "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" (1958), "Bad Boy" and "She Said Yeah" (1959). Williams had been involved with underworld activity since his early teens, and had reputedly been a pimp before he ever recorded music. He was convicted of dealing narcotics in 1960 and served a three-year jail term. In the 1970s, there was also a brief dalliance with disco, but Williams' wild lifestyle continued. By the middle of the decade, the drug abuse and violence were taking their toll. In 1977, Williams pulled a gun on and threatened to kill his long-time friend, Little Richard, over a drug debt.