One of his first gigs in the music industry was as the manager for R&B singer Little Willie John and pioneering jazz singer Sarah Vaughan. Willie John scored a huge cross-over hit with the song "Fever" in 1956. And Vaughan (a.k.a. "the Divine One") would have a huge career in the '50s and '60s with hits like "Whatever Lola Wants" and "How Important Can It Be."
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