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Jazz Singer Joe Williams

The Chicago-born Williams sang for the Count Basie Orchestra before beginning a solo career in 1962. In the 1940s, he suffered a nervous breakdown, unsure of what he wanted out of his professional life. After a year in the hospital, he returned to performing, and has a new album called In Good Company.


Other segments from the episode on June 20, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 20, 1989: Interview with Joe Williams; Commentary on the vocal group The Dells; Interview with Agnes Varda; Review of Jiri Weil's novel "Life with a Star."


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