1999 – Joe Williams, the Georgia-born blues singer…

1999 – Joe Williams, the Georgia-born blues singer who became a star with Count Basie in the 1950s and blossomed into a world famous balladeer in the following decades, dies in Las Vegas. He is 80. Williams dresses himself, and walks out of the hospital where he is being treated for a respiratory ailment. He walks nearly three miles on foot only to collapse on the street a few blocks from his home.

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