I,too, mourn Willie death. I saw him perform twice at festivals - one small and one very large. But I saw him a third time that I'll never forget. I was in London (sometime in the early eighties) sitting in the coffee shop of the Marble Arch hotel at 7:00 AM with an English engineering colleague. Willie walked in as any other customer might, looked around and seemed pleased no one recognized him. No one did, 'cepting me. As he approached my table, we made eye contact and he knew. I said,"Good morning, Willie, it's good to see you again !!" He asked and I told him of the two times I'd seen him perform and when the short conversation was over, he reached into his pocket and handed me two comps for the next night's concert at Wembley. Needles to say, IT was super. I'll never forget -- top performer and a great human being !!
Rest well, Willie, rest well.