Willie Murphy has been writing, performing, recording and producing Blues/R&B music for over 30 years. His 1969 collaboration with folk/blues legend "Spider" John Koerner, "Running, Jumping, Standing Still," is still acclaimed as an all-time folk/blues classic. Throughout the 70s and into the 80s, Willie and the Bees defined live R&B/soul music. The band was famous for their unique blending of blues, R&B, jazz, funk, reggae and rock into an electric and eclectic sound that still defies categorization to this day.
Throughout the 90’s and into the new millennium Willie Murphy continues to bring his unique brand of soul music to audiences across the globe. In 1990 Willie Murphy was named as one of the three charter members of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame along with Bob Dylan and Prince. With his new band, the Angel Headed Hipsters, Willie continues to sell out performances throughout the United States as well as headlining major festivals in France, Italy and the Netherlands.
Over three decades of music making, Willie Murphy has forged a musical legacy as a singer, producer, arranger, performer and songwriter's songwriter.
Murphy's 1969 collaboration with folk-blues legend "Spider" John Koerner, "Running, Jumping, Standing Still," originally recorded for Electra and recently reissued on Red House Records, is acclaimed as an all-time folk-blues classic.
Among "Running, Jumping's" fans was a still unknown Bonnie Raitt. She hired Willie to produce her first album In 1971 on Warner Brothers Records. Accompanying her was Murphy's band, Willie and the Bees, along with Chicago Blues legends Junior Wells and R.C. Reed.