Jody Williams

Jody Williams  (born Joseph Leon Williams; February 3, 1935) is an American blues guitarist and singer.  His singular guitar playing, marked by flamboyant string-bending, imaginative chord voicings and a distinctive tone, was influential in the Chicago blues scene of the 1950s.  In 2013, Williams was inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame.  (More from Wikipedia)
Sugar Hill Records is an early hip hop label that was founded in 1979 by the married couple of Joe Robinson and Sylvia Robinson plus Milton Malden, with financial backing by Morris Levy of Roulette Records.  Sylvia Robinson – often called the “Mother of Hip Hop” – was listed as the CEO of the label.  She has a long R&B history dating back to the 1956 hit “Love is Strange” (co-written by Bo Diddley and Jody Williams), under the name of Mickey and SylviaMickey Baker taught her to play guitar, and they worked together off and on for about a decade.  The two are also known for performing back-up singing on the 1961 Ike and Tina Turner hit, "It's Gonna Work Out Fine".  Under the name SylviaSylvia Robinson later scored a #3 hit in 1972, “Pillow Talk”.
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