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Katie Webster
Katie Webster at the piano

Katie Webster was born Kathryn Jewel Thorne on January 9, 1939 in Houston, Texas. Her parents were both musicians. Her father Cyrus was a ragtime pianist who turned to gospel music when he became a minister in the Sanctified Church of God in Christ. Katie's mother Myrtle played spirituals and classical music and was responsible for her musical training.

Ms. Webster began her professional music career at age 13 traveling the "crawfish circuit" from Dallas to New Orleans with a jazz band. At the age of 15, she married pianist Earl Webster. In 1959, she joined guitarist and singer Ashton Savoy's band and moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana. Katie recorded as a session musician on a variety of Louisiana labels including Goldband Records. She played on the original recording of "Sea of Love" by Phil Phillips.

In 1964, Ms. Webster met singer Otis Redding. Redding was so impressed with her playing that hired her immediately. After his untimely death, Katie formed her own band in 1968. Webster continued to record for Goldband intermittently throughout the 1970s and early '80s.


Selected Recordings by Katie Webster
45-8259 /
"Love is the Answer" b/w "Secret of Love"
45-8259

"Love is the Answer"
"Secret of Love" / streaming mp3 * streaming realaudio
FC-12041 /
Katie Webster has the Blues

FC-12041

FC-12041

"Katie's Blues"
"Little One"
"Let Me Be Your Friend"
"Never Too Old"
"Trouble Blues"
"Broken Hearted Rolling Tears"
"Worry My Life Anymore"
FC-12531 /
Freddie Fender and His Friends at Goldband

FC-12531

FC-12531

"Without Your Love"
   
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