Wilbert Harrison

Kansas City
#1 in 1959


Wilbert Harrison was born on January 5, 1929, in Charlotte, North Carolina. In `1959 the song Kansas City hit number 1. The song was written in 1951 and was one of the first credited collaborations by the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. After this success, Harrison continued to perform and record but it would be another ten years before he recorded "Let's Work Together" that made it on the Billboard Hot 100. Harrison died in 1994 in a Spencer, North Carolina nursing home at the age of 65. In 2001, his recording of "Kansas City" was given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. His recording has also been named as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
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