Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now Viola Wills
Song Title: Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now
Artist: Viola Wills
Date of release: 14th of May 1979
Description: ” Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now ” is by Viola Wills ( Viola Mae Wilkerson ), the American pop singer. Viola was born in he Watts district of South Los Angeles, the area experienced 5 days of rioting in August 1965 after an African-American motorist was arrested for drunk driving. A fight broke out and accusations of police brutality led the unrest.
Viola was married in her teens and had six children before the age of 21. It was Soul singer Barry White who discovered her and signed Viola to Bronco Records with her name being shortened to Wills.
She became a backing singer for many of the biggest artists in the 60s including Joe Cocker and Smokey Robinson. She later went on to record her first self-written solo Album Soft Centers in London, England.
Viola died of cancer on the 6th of May 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. Her funeral took place on the 15th of May at the Macedonia Abbey Baptist Church in Los Angeles.
” Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now ” was originally written by Milton Kellem, the Philadelphia songwriter and conductor. Along with brothers Manny and Ted he formed the Milton Kellem Orchestra, which was active in the 30s and 40s.
As a writer, Milton would use different names. He would often write under the name of Jimmy Craig, which was made up of the Christian names of two of his three sons. He also used Sophie (Kellem) Hodes and would borrow his brother’s name Ted Gary.
Production for the single was by Jerry McCabe who had worked on the production of Viola’s other singles and other artists such as Bill Fredericks.
The song was released on the 14th of May 1979 by record label Dynamic Sounds and features on her 1980 Album If You Could Read My Mind.
The success of the song gave Viola the label of Disco Diva and three more hit single would follow landing her in the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles. She later reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart with ” Stormy Weather “.
After marrying Robert Chappell Ashmun in Hennepin County, Minnesota in 1982, both Viola and Robert set up their own record label a year later called RVA (Robert Viola Ashmun), under this label more songs were released including ” Wall “, ” Space ” and ” If These Walls Could Speak “.
” Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now ” didn’t break into the mainstream Billboard Hot 100 Chart, but her music was popular with the country’s Gay community and her single proved to be popular in the clubs.
The song was a commercial success for Viola. In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK chart on the 6th of October 1979 and reached a peak of number 8. It spent 2 weeks in the top ten and a total of 10 weeks on the UK chart.
The song also charted in Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Belgium and New Zealand.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 8
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Netherlands 7,Belgium 2, New Zealand 3, Australia Kent Chart 37
Official Website: Violawills.com
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/ViolaWills