Bill Perry

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Chester, New York, USA, d. 17 July 2007, Sugar Loaf, New York, USA. Blues guitarist and singer Bill Perry grew up in a home dominated by music where his grandfather played organ for the local church and his mother was a percussionist. However, he took more interest in his father’s records of Kenny Burrell’s guitar playing, and he started to learn the guitar himself at the age of six. He appeared in his first talent show by the time he was 13, and by the time he started at high school he was regularly playing dance party shows. After school he travelled widely through California and Colorado, gradually increasing his confidence as a singer (previous employment had been as a guitarist only).

Returning to Middletown in New York, Perry’s reputation had preceded him and he began a long association with Richie Havens. This was followed by Perry’s debut solo album, Love Scars, released in 1995. Rather than relying on the Jimi...

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