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Bill Caffie

Cincinnati, 1960s-2095

Bill Caffie spent 50+ years performing around Cincinnati and New Yorrk City. Born in Alabama, he moved to Cincinnati as a kid, and joined Otis Williams and the Charms for a few years. After they disbanded, he moved to NYC and was part of the NYC jazz vocal scene. There are no known recordings of him during this time.

In 1971, he returned to Cincinnati and recorded a one-off 45 for WIlbert Longmire and his Cin-Town label. For the A side he went for a contemporary funk sound, answering Jean Knight's smash "Mr. Big Stuff" with a bold proclamation that HE was Mr. Big Stuff. The other side of the record is more along the lines of what would be expected of him. 

Seemingly not long after the record, he joined the Count Basie band as vocalist and performed over the world for a few years. He returned to Cincinnati and recorded a self-released CD in 2002, the only other recording he released under his name. He passed away in 2005.

I Am Mr. Big Stuff / Girl From Bowling Green - Cin Town no #, Dec 1971