Song Of The Day: Little Feat – “Willin'” (1971)

The world lost a real good one when Lowell George passed away on this day in 1979 at the age of 34. He was a sweet man with a sweet voice who was also a helluva good songwriter and slide guitarist. Born in Hollywood CA, George first fell in love with West Coast jazz and jazz vocalists like Mose Allison. He got his first big break playing rhythm guitar for Frank Zappa’s Mothers Of Invention in 1968. During that time, George wrote this song, “Willin’”, and Zappa recommended that George form his own band more suitable for this type of music. So he co-founded Little Feat, a band that carved out its own signature sound with its distinct mix of country and New Orleans jazz. His accidental overdose death was truly a tragic loss for Rock. Who knows what kind of amazing music Lowell George might have made in the 80s, 90s and beyond had he lived.


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