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Rock 'n' roll star Wee Willie Harris passes away at 90

The singer's wife said he would be missed by so many

Wee Willie Harris has died. (PA Images/Alamy)
Wee Willie Harris has died. (PA Images/Alamy)

Rock 'n' roll star Wee Willie Harris has died at the age of 90.

The singer's wife Sheila said he would be "so, so missed by so many" after he passed away on Thursday (27 April), reported The Sun.

She was quoted as saying that her husband, who is thought to have inspired The Beatles, was "a lovely man".

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"He was just such a brilliant man," she said.

"He inspired so many - including Paul McCartney. He was an absolute sensation."

WEE WILLIE HARRIS  English rock singer in 1958
The star's wife said he was a 'sensation'. (PA Images/Alamy)

"He could still sing right up until the end and was always a perfect gentleman," she added.

Fans have been paying tribute on Twitter, with one saying that the London-born star was one of the "original wild men of rock 'n' roll".

"RIP to Wee Willie Harris," said another.

"A trendsetter in his day that is for sure."

WEE WILLIE HARRIS  English rock singer in 1958 with the King Brothers filming a BBC TV programmne at the 2 i's coffee bar, Soho
Wee Willie Harris performing in 1958. (PA Images/Alamy)

"We were so sad to hear that our mate Wee Willie Harris has passed away," tweeted the Union Music Store.

"He’d tell us wonderful stories about the birth of British Rock n Roll & his part at the heart of it all…he’d often sing us a tune too…Still had a great voice!

"Hats off to you Willie, so glad to know you."

Another fan said: "A true original, mixing British eccentricity with proper Rock & Roll."

Somebody else said Harris was "a true legend and one-off".

The Beatles smile as they display the Member of The Order of The British Empire medals presented to them by Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony in Buckingham Palace in London, England on Oct. 26, 1965. Left to right are Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. (AP Photo)
The star apparently inspired some of The Beatles. (AP Photo)

Born Charles William Harris, the star got his start performing at a coffee bar in London.

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His nickname stemmed from his 5ft 2 height and he was known for songs including Love Bug Crawl and Rockin' At the 2 I's.

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