In the first wave of rock & roll, England could only offer pale Elvis
imitations or ancient pop singers masquerading as such. One exception to the rule was Wee Willie Harris
. Dying his hair all manner of colors and wearing larger-than-life stage jackets that looked like the coat hanger was still inside, tight drainpipe trousers, and a huge polka-dot bow tie, Harris
understandably stood out from the rest of the pack. Coming from the Two I's coffeehouse circuit in Soho, Harris
had a love for hard American rock & roll and an ability to perform it with unrelenting energy that kept him actively performing and recording from the mid-'50s onward, working everything from nostalgia packages to cruise ships across the Atlantic -- anyplace where his humorous and dynamic stage show could have a forum.