Andre Williams, who co-wrote ‘Shake A Tail Feather,‘ dies

By JEFF KAROUB – Associated Press – Monday, March 18, 2019

DETROIT (AP) – , an R&B; singer and songwriter who co-wrote “Shake A Tail Feather” and performed across musical genres, died Sunday. He was 82.

‘ manager and musical director, , said Monday that was recently diagnosed with colon cancer and that he was receiving hospice care at a nursing home.

moved as a young man from Alabama to Detroit, where he signed with Fortune Records and, later, with Motown Records. His early hits included “Bacon Fat,” ”Jail Bait” and “Shake a Tail Feather,” which Ray Charles sang in “The Blues Brothers.” also produced the recording of “Mustang Sally” by its composer, “Sir” Mack Rice.

said worked off and on for Motown, depending on how he and company founder Berry Gordy Jr. were getting along. was a producer, songwriter and talent scout, collaborating early on with Stevie Wonder.

, who owns label Pravda Records and who played music and had business dealings with over nearly two decades, said ‘ musical contributions were “massive” and spanned soul, punk, rap, garage rock and country.

“There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t tackle and be 100 percent into – endlessly in the studio, endlessly on the road, endlessly performing,” said , who in years past would play with on many tours across Europe – “his biggest fan base.”

“People loved him,” added. “They knew his history. They knew his obscure songs.”

said had his demons, describing him as a longtime alcoholic who ultimately got sober. suffered a series of strokes that kept him from touring after 2013, but said he could still be counted on for guest spots during gigs in his adopted hometown of .

“He was a survivor, he was a hustler,” said, recalling his friend’s penchant for wearing three-piece suits everywhere, including fast-food joints. “He knew how to get onstage every night, no matter what condition he was in every day. He was magic.”

said will be the subject of a documentary that will explore his later years. A tribute concert also is planned for next month in .

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