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It’s about time the R&B singer and songwriter WILLIE WEST had his New York debut as a leader, more than half a century after his career began. Bluesy, brokenhearted ballads,... full of tears and betrayal, are his forte: he can moan, rasp and shout or break into falsetto. Born in Raceland, La., Mr. West was a teenager when he became the frontman for a band called the Sharks in 1958. He cut his first single in 1960, as Little Willie West, and in 1966 he started working with the songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint, who tried repeatedly to give Mr. West the breakthrough hit that never came, on shaky local labels.
Mr. West’s planned New York City debut, at the Apollo Theater about 40 years ago, never took place because another singer in the revue, Lee Dorsey, ran overtime. But Mr. Toussaint fitfully kept producing singles with him — soul ballads and New Orleans funk workouts — into the mid-1970s. In 1977, when two Neville Brothers left the definitive New Orleans funk band, the Meters, Mr. West took over for a short time as lead singer. But songs they recorded together were never released.
He spent the next two decades gigging around New Orleans, and he released albums of his own in 1999, 2000 and 2002. Hurricane Katrina displaced him, and he now lives in St. Cloud, Minn., where he leads his own band. Dig Deeper, the invaluable Brooklyn promoter of concerts for soul-music aficionados, is presenting Mr. West’s belated New York City show, with backup from the Sweet Divines.
By Jon Pareles
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