Chuck Willis was a rhythm and blues and rock and roll singer/songwriter
whose biggest hits, “C.C. Rider (1957) and “What Am I Living For” (1958),
both rose to the Number-One position on the Billboard R&B chart. He was
known as The King of the Stroll for his performance of the 1950s dance.
Willis died during surgery in Chicago of peritonitis while at the peak of his
career. Dick Clark devoted an hour of his American Bandstand show in
memory of Willis who died earlier that day.