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Charles William Harris aka Wee Willie Harris, known for influencing the Beatles’ John Lennon and Paul McCartney, passed away at the age of 90. Let’s see How did Wee Willie Harris die and Wee Willie Harris cause of death in detail.
How did Wee Willie Harris die?
At the age of 90, Rock & roll legend Charles William Harris passed away on April 27, 2023.
He was given the moniker “Wee Willie Harris” because of his diminutive height of only 5 feet 2 and his vibrant pink hair.
He is well known for his upbeat live performances. In the 1950s, he gained notoriety by performing live on television, earning the moniker “Britain’s wild man of rock ‘n’ roll.”
His wife Shelia, who described him as the “perfect gentleman” and a “lovely husband,” confirmed the devastating news.
She told The Sun:
“He was a lovely man. A lovely husband. But it was music all the way with him.
“He was just such a brilliant man. He inspired so many – including Paul McCartney.
“He was an absolute sensation. He will be so, so missed by so many.
“He could still sing right up until the end and was always a perfect gentleman.”
Wee Willie Harris cause of death
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Who was Wee Willie Harris?
Wee Willie Harris, the stage name of Charles William Harris, was a popular rock and roll performer from England. He gained notoriety as “Britain’s wild man of rock ‘n’ roll” in the 1950s for his ferocious stage presentations and TV appearances during that time.
Harris, a Bermondsey native, left his work at a Peek Freans bakery in London to pursue a career in music. At The 2i’s Coffee Bar in Soho, London, where he was the piano player in residence, he made his performing debut with Tommy Steele, Adam Faith, Screaming Lord Sutch, and other artists.
He was chosen by TV producer Jack Good to participate on the BBC program Six-Five Special in November 1957. Concerns about the BBC’s involvement in “promoting teenage decadence” were raised in the media as a result of his appearances on the program. His first song, “Rockin’ At the 2 I’s,” which he wrote himself, was published on the Decca label in December 1957. Other singles followed, although none of them charted in the UK. He rose to fame as a performer on television and during live shows.
He was renowned for his boundless energy, multicolored dyed hair (often green, orange, or pink), and clothes that included “larger-than-life stage jackets that looked like the coat hanger was still inside, tight drainpipe trousers, and a huge polka-dot bow tie.” He gyrates like an exploding Catherine wheel, releasing growls, squeals, and what sounds like severe hiccupping, according to another critic.
When he performed in Liverpool in 1958, Paul McCartney and John Lennon allegedly stood in wait to get his signature. According to Harris, his manager, professional wrestler and wrestling promoter Paul Lincoln, took inspiration from American wrestler Gorgeous George when he first suggested that Harris tint his hair pink.
He joined a UK tour in May 1960 that also included Conway Twitty, Freddy Cannon, and Johnny Preston. He continued to play in the UK as well as in Israel, Spain, and other countries, as well as on cruise ships, during the 1960s. He recorded for HMV, Polydor, and Parlophone. He resided in Prestwich, close to Manchester, in the middle of the 1970s.
After Ian Dury mentioned him in the song “Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3,” he made a comeback in the late 1970s as a nostalgia act. In 2000, Harris released Twenty Reasons To Be Cheerful, an album he subsequently dedicated to Dury.
In 1999, his early recordings were also made available on CD. He had a brief appearance in the Comic Relief song “The Stonk” video by Hale & Pace in 1991, and in 2003, with the Alabama Slammers as his backing band, he released the album Rag Moppin’.
Harris had a “mystery guest” appearance on the comedic music quiz show Never Mind the Buzzcocks in 2005, but he was quickly recognized. He discussed rock & roll in Britain in an interview with Melvyn Bragg in 2011 for the Reel History of Britain series.
2018 saw the release of I Go Ape! – The Wee Willie Harris Story by Rob Finnis, a 30-track CD including the greatest of Harris’ rock and roll records and an 88-page illustrated biography.
Tributes to Wee Willie Harris
Many people expressed their profound sympathies to his family and expressed how much they loved him. The news of this occurrence has upset his supporters and fans.
His friend Rob Davis wrote: “RIP Wee Willie Harris. Played many a gig with him over the years. Nice fella and a great entertainer. Never realised there were so many uses for a toilet seat! Here’s Crazy Cavan, singing his favourite Wee Willie song, entitled “Rockin at the 2 i’s”. About the famous coffee bar, which seemed to be the center of the UK rockin scene back in the day. Freddie fingers Lee on piano. Myself on guitar. Colin Eddie Edwards on bass. Doc Headshrinker on drums. Ian Bone Haines on Rhythm guitar. Cool tune..”
Steve wrote :”It is with great sadness that I have lost a great Showman, Rock n Roller and friend, Wee Willie Harris has stepped on a rainbow RIP my dear dear friend.”
One of the worst things anyone can go through in life is losing a loved one. Any journey must have a destination at the end. The person’s time on earth has regrettably come to an end now that they have died. We wish him eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones, family, friends. May he rest in peace.
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