"Mr. Rhythm" and Detroit R&B legend Andre Williams died Sunday, March 17 at the age of 82.
Williams label-hopped during the late '60s and released several recordings on Avin Records, Wingate, and Chess Records. During the 1980s, however, Williams struggled with addiction and homelessness in Chicago before releasing 1996's Mr. Rhythm, a collection of new takes on his earlier catalog. He would go on to collaborate with Detroit rock bands like Demolition Doll Rods and the Dirtbombs, and released a country record with Toronto band the Sadies on Bloodshot Records in 1999.
Williams' influence defied genre as both an R&B performer, and the cult rock legend and is perhaps best described by Lux Interior of the Cramps: "Andre Williams makes Little Richard sound like Pat Boone."
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