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Contributed by Jimmy McCollough January 20, 2007
Willie Banks was born in 1929 in Raymond Hinds County Mississippi.
Gospel Singer, Entertainer. Early in his over 30-year career, he was recording with HSE (standing for Hoyt Sullivan Enterprises) Records, recording songs such as "God's Goodness," and "Mother Why." He later signed to Malaco Records, where he recorded a remake of "God's Goodness," and recorded several other hits, like "Things I Can't Change," "God Is Still In Charge," "Too Late," and more. Willie had a unique sound that was bluesy, yet stirring and story-telling with the guitar backup. At the time of his demise, he had a group that he recorded with called the Messengers. Willie was a man of distinction and a legend like Rev. James Cleveland, Clara Ward, Mahalia Jackson, Thomas Dorsey, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Casietta George (of the Caravans), Dorothy Love Coates, among countless others. (bio by: Jimmy)
Willie Banks died in February 1993 of Heart Failure. He died in Raymond
Hinds County Mississippi and is buried at Garden Memorial Park in
Jackson Hinds County Mississippi. Grave not found.
Record added to Find-A-Grave March 9, 2006 by: Jimmy McCollough