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“POison Ivy” by willie mabon

Willie Mabon first wrote his hit song “Poison Ivy” in 1954. Mabon was an American R & B singer, songwriter, and pianist who is well known for his Billboard hots “I Don’t Know” and “I’m Mad”. In 1949 he started a group called the Blues Rocker who were recording for Aristocrat Records and then Chess Records. After “Poison Ivy” came out, Mabon’s career didn’t continue to be successful. In 1972 he decided to move to Paris and later recorded in Europe with Jim Simpson’s tour. A couple years after that he performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival which was one of the biggest honors as a jazz singer and songwriter. 2 years after he died after an illness he got in Paris.

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