Wesley Willis

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Wesley Willis
Wesley Willis.jpg
Willis in October 2000
Background information
Birth name Wesley Lawrence Willis
Born (1963-05-31)May 31, 1963
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Died August 21, 2003(2003-08-21) (aged 40)
Skokie, Illinois
Genres Outsider music, electronic, punk rock, alternative
Instruments Vocals, keyboards
Years active 1976–2003 (as artist)
1989–2003 (as musician)
Labels Alternative Tentacles, American Recordings
Associated acts Wesley Willis Fiasco
Monster Voodoo Machine
Website Wesley Willis on Alternative Tentacles

Wesley Willis (May 31, 1963 – August 21, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter and visual artist from Chicago.

Willis began a career as an underground singer-songwriter in the outsider music tradition, with songs featuring his bizarre, humorous and often obscene lyrics sung over the auto accompaniment feature on his Technics KN electronic keyboard.[1][2][3]

On August 21, 2003, Willis died due to complications from chronic myelogenous leukemia in Skokie, Illinois. He was 40 years old.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Wesley Willis's Joy Rides · Wesley Willis Bio". Wesleywillissjoyrides.com. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  2. "Bands". Alternative Tentacles. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 
  3. "Say Rah! Discussing the Daddy of Rock n' Roll with the Directors of "Wesley Willis's Joy Rides"". Y Marks the Spot. 2010-07-31. Retrieved 2013-11-21. 

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