Hall began his career as a drummer in 1965, while still in high school. He played with the Bar-Kays band and Isaac Hayes’ band The Movement. In the seventies, as part of the Stax-Volt Recording Section Team from 1968 to 1977, Hall backed dozens of major Stax artists on recordings, including The Emotions, Little Milton, Carla and Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, The Staple Singers, Albert King and Isaac Hayes. Hall produced Hayes’ last Stax album, and did percussion on Hayes’ albums Hot Buttered Soul and The Isaac Hayes Movement, as well as his Theme from Shaft.
Hall also recorded the album Universal Language with Booker T. & the MGs, and later joined guitarist Steve “The Colonel” Cropper and bass player Donald “Duck” Dunn as a member of The Blues Brothers, which led to his appearance in the hit movie The Blues Brothers and its sequel Blues Brothers 2000. He appeared as himself in the 2008 movie Soul Men.
You might catch Willie at the jam after hours @ Wild Bills!