William Bell

Genres: Documentaries Doo Wop R&B / Soul
Tags: soul stax rhythm and blues funk southern soul Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Artist Compilations: William Bell & Janice Bulluck
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William Yarborough, 16 July 1937, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Having recorded in 1957 as part of the Del Rios, Bell emerged on the fledgling Stax Records with ‘You Don’t Miss Your Water’ (1961), a cornerstone in the development of country R&B. Military service sadly undermined his musical career, and on its resumption he found the label bursting with competition. His original songs, often composed with either Steve Cropper or Booker T. Jones, included ‘Share What You’ve Got’ (1966), ‘Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday’ (1967) and ‘Eloise’ (1967), while his effective homage to Otis Redding, ‘A Tribute To A King’, was genuinely moving. ‘Private Number’, a sumptuous duet with Judy Clay, provided one of his best-remembered releases, but a further US hit followed with ‘I Forgot To Be Your Lover’ (1968), which was remade into a US Top 10 pop hit by Billy Idol in 1986 as ‘To Be A...

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