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Wet Willie
United States

Years: 1969 - present
Styles: Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Country Rock, Pop Rock, Southern Rock


Jimmy Hall - Alto saxophone, Harmonica, Harp, Percussion, Saxophone, Vocals
Jack Hall - Backing vocals, Banjo, Bass Guitar
Lewis Ross - Congas, Drums, Percussion (in band: 1969 - 1977)
Ricky Hirsch - Acoustic guitar , Guitar, Mandolin, Slide guitar, Vocals (in band: 1969 -1977)
John Anthony - Electric piano, Keyboards, Moog synthesizer, Rhythm guitar (in band: 1970 - 1976)


Ella Avery - Backing vocals
Donna Hall - Backing vocals
Wick Larsen - Acoustic guitar , Guitar, Moog synthesizer (in band: 1972 - 1973)
Elkie Brooks - Vocals (in band: 1974)
Mike Duke - Moog synthesizer, Piano, Vocals (in band: 1976 - 1980)
Toy Caldwell - Guitar (in band: 1977)
T.K. Lively - Drums (in band: 1978 - 1980)
Larry Berwald - Guitar (in band: 1978 - 1980)
Marshall Smith - Backing vocals, Guitar (in band: 1978 - 1980)

Biography Picture

     Wet Willie is an American band from Mobile, Alabama, U.S. They were best known for their hit "Keep On Smilin'," but had a number of charted songs in the 1970s utilizing their soulful brand of Southern rock.

     They put out several albums on Capricorn Records between 1970 and 1976. The core members of the band during that period were John Anthony, keyboards; Jack Hall, bass; Jimmy Hall, vocals, harp, saxophone; Ricky Hirsch, guitars; Lewis Ross, drums, percussion.

     Perhaps their best known work is the 1973 live album Drippin’ Wet, although they had a significant top five Billboard Chart hit song many will remember them for entitled “Keep On Smilin’”.

      Wet Willy remain an active performing band in two distinct versions. With original singer Jimmy Hall in their lineup, they are billed as Wet Willie. Shows and recordings billed as The Wet Willie Band have Ric Seymour, a member of the band since 1992, as lead singer and guitarist.


Wet Willie (1971)
Wet Willie II (1972)
Keep On Smilin' (1974)
Dixie Rock (1975)
The Wetter the Better (1976)
Manorisms (1978)
Which One's Willie? (1979)

Singles & EPs

Keep on Smilin' / Soul Jones (Apr, 1974)
Country Side of Life (1974)
Leona (Feb, 1975)
Dixie Rock / She's My Lady (Jun 20, 1975)
Everything That 'Cha Do (Will Come Back To You) (1976)
Street Corner Serenade / We Got Lovin' (1977)
Make You Feel Love Again / Let It Shine (1977)
Ramona / The Hard Way (1979)

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