Ernie Williams celebrated the 4th of July in 2011 in Long Lake, NY. A tribute to the spirit of America and Blues Music. His genuine love of music and his fans was palpable. He set up shop outside the back of his van and signed autographs at the Long Lake Town Beach before his performance.
From the AP Times Union. Legendary blues musician Ernie Williams, who recently celebrated his 87th birthday, died Wednesday after suffering a massive heart attack, according to Cohoes Mayor John McDonald III.
Williams, a Cohoes resident, was a fixture on the local music scene. He earned a dedicated following through his performances with The Ernie Williams Band, formerly known as the Wildcats.
From 1991 to 2001, Mark Emanatian played lead guitar with Williams’ band, touring the U.S. and Canada.
Emanatian recalled how serious Williams was about music and spoke of the times they played multiple gigs in one day.
But Williams was a staunch believer in giving back to the community through programs aimed at teaching people black history and by performing benefits for hunger.
“He was charming, he had a huge smile, he loved people, he loved to tell jokes and he loved kids,” Emanatian said.
Williams, a native of Virginia, moved to Harlem and later to Albany.
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