Blues Boy Willie born as William Daniel McFalls on November 28, 1946 in the cotton capital of Texas - Memphis, Texas in Hall County Texas. His father, Gaines (Tim) McFalls, played harmonica for the famous 'Ma' Rainey Traveling Minstrel Show in the late 1920's and early 1930's. For many years William was very interested in his fathers talents and wanted to become a harmonica player too. When he was only a little boy he would take the harmonica out of his fathers pocket and play it and put it back before his father would notice. William was #7 out of 11 children. His older brothers were playing and entertaining while he was a youngster. They of course recognized Williams talent and involved him at a very young age. His first performance was with his brother's band was singing Little Richard's "Lucille" at the tender age of 8 for the High School Prom. The blues bug had bit him and he continued his love of singing in the local "juke joints" and roadhouses in Memphis, TX. Of course, not old enough to be in the clubs, the owners would just look away as they knew the patrons all loved him and labeled him the "Juke Joint King". He and his lifelong friend the late Gary "B.B." Coleman played in the local establishments growing up in the same community. After high school William studied music at Clarendon College. His brothers had moved to Los Angeles and started a band. After College he pursued his career in Music. He moved to L.A. to be part of his brothers band. Their Blues Band played on some of the same shows with such legends as Ray Charles, Little Richard, and Chuck Berry.
In the meantime, B.B. Coleman had gone to Atlanta and was working as a producer for Ichiban Records.
Blues Boy Willie got his big break when B.B. Coleman asked William to go to Atlanta to record with him. B.B. always told William "If I make it, I'll come back and get you." And that he did. They released his first album "Strange Things Happening" with the Major Label Ichiban Records in 1989. Then in 1990, success came with "Be Who?" when B.B. and Willie with his wife Miss Lee recorded this hilarious novelty. On the billboard charts for 21 weeks, Ichiban asked them to come up with a sequel, so they recorded the next album "Be Who 2" The third, Be Who 3, was recorded on the next album "I Got The Blues". The late Rufus Thomas once told William that he could continue with those novelties forever. There were 6 albums total produced by Ichiban Records. But, by the 1994 things began to change when B.B. Coleman past away, and that took the breath out of William. He Toured the "Chitlin' Circuit" for years with numerous other Artists such as Little Johnny Taylor, Trudy Lynn, Denise LaSalle, J.T. Watkins, Sam Myers, and Johnny Rawls who was the band leader for Blues Boy Willie. Johnny Rawls also produced his album #7 called "Back Again" on Johnny's new label "Deep South Sound". The album quickly rose on the charts and was at number 23 in May and June of 2001. Blues Boy Willie, now Independent, has recently recorded a duo album with a wonderful guitarist "Johnny Reverb" Holston called Back Porch Blues Blues which brings the back porch back to the roots of the origination of The Blues. Johnny Reverb, born in Gulf Port Mississippi, lived in Austin for many years before William met him in Amarillo, Texas.
Blues Boy Willie is a lyricist whose songs have a distinctive flare. His LIVE performances mesmerize audiences of all ages. His love for the harmonica is evident when he steps on the stage and belts out the blues like they were meant to be played.
Blues Boy Willie (William McFalls) has been featured in several magazines such as Southwest Blues, Living Blues and Accent West Magazines. Documentaries are made about Blues Boy Willie starting with Bob Phillip's "The Texas Country Reporter" television show featuring William at home in Memphis. Double Emmy winner Broadcast Journalist, Leonard Chamblee is currently working on a documentary about Blues Boy Willie. Watch for it on your RFDTV channels in 2012.
Awarded West Coast Blues Male Vocalist of the Year by The Bay Area Blues Society in 2011. By Invitation Headlined at 26th Annual Monterey Blues Festival, June 25th, 2011. Quarter finalist at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN January 2012. Check out his website www.bluesboywillie.com and for a peak at a live performance go to www.YouTube.com/bluesboywillie.
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