|Broadcast Title||Little Willie John|
|Summary||Producer/Host Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali provides an All-African mix of music and politics. "Diasporic Music" is made in the West but is not of the West."|
Diasporic Music shines the musical spotlight on Little Willie John (Nov. 15, 1937 - May 26, 1968). John was induced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Before Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, The Temptations, Levi Stubbs and The Four Tops and The Supremes there was John. He is best known for his hit "Fever" which has been covered by Beyonce and Peggy Lee. The Beatles covered his song "Leave My Kitten Alone." The legendary H. B. Barnum, says, "In bad voice, he could out-sing anybody." Barnum should know having been Aretha Franklin's musical director for nearly three decades. Diasporic Music will interview Kevin John and Susan Whitall, authors of the book, Little Willie John: A Fast Life, Mysterious Death and the Birth of Soul. Stevie Wonder wrote the foreword.