On this day in 1999, Joe Williams of Cordele, GA passed away at the age of 80. Williams was a mainstay of the jazz scene for decades.
He served as the frontman of the Count Basie Orchestra starting in 1954, where he performed songs this one: “Well, Alright, Okay, You Win.
From 1961 until his passing, Williams was a highly-regarded solo artist who played in venues across the country. In the 1980's, he also made occasional TV appearances on "The Cosby Show" as Grandpa Al.
His album ''Nothin' but the Blues'' won him a Grammy Award in 1984 for Best Jazz Vocalist.
Williams received many honors throughout his career, including several hall of fame inductions and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.