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Bill Black's Combo

Band,
Rock and R&B/Soul

Bill Black (bassist in Elvis Presley's early band) formed Bill Black's Combo in 1959. The original lineup was Black (bass), Joe Lewis Hall (piano), Reggie Young (guitar), Martin Willis (saxophone), and Jerry Arnold (drums). There were several personnel changes over the next couple of years (Hank Hankins, Chips Moman or Tommy Cogbill on guitar; Ace Cannon on sax; Carl McVoy or Bobby Emmons on piano). "Smokie, Part 2" and "White Silver Sands" were U.S. pop hits (#17 and #9 respectively), and both made #1 on the R&B charts. Eight of their recordings placed in the Top 40 between 1959 and 1962. They were voted Billboard's number one instrumental group of 1961. The band continued to produce albums after Black's death in late 1965.

     
Members
PortraitReggie Young
g, eg *1936 US
PortraitBill Black
b 1926-1965 US
PortraitAce Cannon
as, sax *1934 US
PortraitBob Tucker
g
PortraitCarl McVoy
p, org 1931-1992 US
Jerry Arnold
dr
PortraitAl Vance
voc, g
PortraitGil Michael
vn
Popular Tracks   
Smokie, Pt. 2 on Saxy Jazz by Bill Black's Combo
White Silver Sands on Saxy Jazz by Bill Black's Combo
Don't Be Cruel on Bill Black's Combo by Bill Black's Combo
Smokie Part 2 on Bill Black's Combo by Bill Black's Combo
Tequila on Greatest Hits by Bill Black's Combo
Mud Island Blues on Bill Black's Combo by Bill Black's Combo
Yogi (Twist) on Let's Twist Her by Bill Black's Combo
Hearts Of Stone on Bill Black's Combo by Bill Black's Combo
Twist-Her on 60's Instrumentals for Dancers & Groovers by Various Artists
Cashin' In (A Tribute to Luther Perkins) on Award Winners by Bill Black's Combo

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
The Return Of Bill Black's Combo - 2 Albums Plus SinglesBill Black's Combo2017Compil.
Willie / Blue TangoBill Black's Combo2014Single
The Champion / Little QueenieWillie Mitchell / Bill Black's Combo2013Single
TwistBill Black's Combo2012Single
Smokin'Bill Black's Combo2012Album
Don't Be CruelBill Black's Combo2011Single
JosephineBill Black's Combo2011Single
SmokieBill Black's Combo2011Single
White Silver Sands / Don't Be CruelBill Black's Combo2008Single
Bill Black's ComboBill Black's Combo2003Album
Bill Black Combo Goes WestBill Black's Combo2001Album
The Best of Bill Black's Combo: The Hi Records YearsBill Black's Combo2001Compil.
Bill Black's Combo Plays The Blues / Bill Black's Combo ‎– Plays Tunes By Chuck BerryBill Black's Combo2001Compil.
Bill Black's Greatest Hits / Bill Black Combo Goes WestBill Black's Combo2001Compil.
The World's Greatest Honky-Tonk Band + Award WinnersBill Black's Combo2001Compil.
The Untouchable Sound / Goes Big Band / More Solid & RaunchyBill Black's Combo2001Compil.
Saxy Jazz / Solid And RaunchyBill Black's Combo2000Compil.
Hi Rollin' - The Story Of Bill Black's Combo (1960-65)Bill Black's Combo1998Compil.
The Hi Records MastersBill Black's Combo1998Compil.
Smokie & More Solid And RaunchyBill Black's Combo1995Compil.
Let's Twist-Her & The Untouchable Sound Of Bill Blacks ComboBill Black's Combo1992Compil.
Memphis Rock'n'roll Soul PartyBill Black's Combo, Willie Mitchell Band1989Album
Vintage GoldBill Black's Combo1989Compil.
Cookin'Bill Black's Combo1981Album
White Silver Sands / Smokie Part IIBill Black's Combo1981Single
The Best OfBill Black's Combo1979Compil.
Cashin' In (A Tribute To Luther Perkins)Bill Black's Combo1978Single
Award WinnersBill Black's Combo1978Album
Memphis TennesseeBill Black's Combo1977Compil.
It's Honky Tonk TimeBill Black's Combo1977Album
Let's Have A Party WithBill Black's Combo1977Compil.
Fire On The BayouBill Black's Combo1976Single
Boilin' Cabbage / Back Up And PushBill Black's Combo1976Single
Redneck Rock / Yakety SaxBill Black's Combo1976Single
Plays The Greatest HitsBill Black's Combo1976Compil.
World's Greatest Honky-Tonk BandBill Black's Combo Featuring Bob Tucker1975Album
Jump Back Joe Joe / I Can HelpBill Black's Combo1975Single
Boilin' Cabbage / Truck StopBill Black's Combo1975Single
Almost Persuaded / Back Up And PushBill Black's Combo1975Single
Oh Happy Day / Listen To The MusicBill Black's Combo1974Single
Solid & CountryBill Black's Combo Featuring Bob Tucker1974Album
Oh Happy Day / Sugar CuredBill Black's Combo1974Single
Bill Black's Combo ForeverBill Black's Combo1974Album
Soul SerenadeBill Black's Combo1974Single
Harlem Nocturne / Night TrainBill Black's Combo1973Single
Rock And Roll ForeverBill Black's Combo1973Album
Bill Black Is Back!Bill Black's Combo1973Album
TequilaBill Black's Combo1973Single
Satin SheetsBill Black's Combo1973Single
Night Train / Bluff City Cookin'Bill Black's Combo1972Single
Upside Down / Piedras Negras (Black Rock)Bill Black's Combo1972Single
Harlem NocturneBill Black's Combo1972Single
Jukebox FavoritesBill Black's Combo1972Single
My Girl JosephineBill Black's Combo1972Single
Jukebox Favorites... And OthersBill Black's Combo1972Album
Smokey Bourbon Street / Mighty FineBill Black's Combo1972Single
The Memphis SceneBill Black's Combo1971Album
Cotton Carnival / RingsBill Black's Combo1971Single
More Bill Black MagicBill Black's Combo1970Album
Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My HeadBill Black's Combo1970Album
Basic BlackBill Black's Combo1970Album
Keep The Customer SatisfiedBill Black's Combo1970Single
Black With SugarBill Black's Combo1969Album
Solid And Raunchy The 3rdBill Black's Combo1969Album
Soulin' The BluesBill Black's Combo1969Album
But It's AlrightBill Black's Combo1969Single
California Dreamin'Bill Black's Combo1969Single
Creepin' AroundBill Black's Combo1969Single
Soulin' The BluesBill Black's Combo1969Single
Bill Black's Beat Goes OnBill Black's Combo1968Single
Hey, Good Lookin'Bill Black's Combo1968Single
Bill Black's Beat Goes OnBill Black's Combo1968Album
Hey Good Lookin' / Mountain Of LoveBill Black's Combo1968Single
Bright Lights, Big City / Red LightBill Black's Combo1968Single
Turn On Your Love LightBill Black's Combo1968Single
Turn On Your Love LightBill Black's Combo1968Album
Son Of Smokie / Peg LegBill Black's Combo1967Single
Black LaceBill Black's Combo1967Single
King Of The RoadBill Black's Combo1967Single
Black LaceBill Black's Combo1967Album
King Of The RoadBill Black's Combo1967Album
All-TimersBill Black's Combo1966Album
All-TimersBill Black's Combo1966Single
RamblerBill Black's Combo1966Single
Mr. BeatBill Black's Combo1966Single
Spootin'Bill Black's Combo1965Single
More Solid & RaunchyBill Black's Combo1965Album
Mr. BeatBill Black's Combo1965Album
Plays The BluesBill Black's Combo1964Album
Goes Big BandBill Black's Combo1964Album
Soft Winds / Comin' OnBill Black's Combo1964Single
Come On Home / He'll Have To GoBill Black's Combo1964Single
Mona Lisa / RaunchyBill Black's Combo1964Single
Bill Black Plays Chuck BerryBill Black's Combo1964Single
Goes Big BandBill Black's Combo1964Single
Plays Tunes By Chuck BerryBill Black's Combo1964Album
Tequila / RaunchyBill Black's Combo1964Single
Little Queenie / Boo - RayBill Black's Combo1964Single
Little Queenie / Boo - RayBill Black's Combo1964Single
Greatest HitsBill Black's Combo1963Compil.
Do It - Rat Now / Little JasperBill Black's Combo1963Single
The Untouchable Sound Of Bill Black's ComboBill Black's Combo1963Single
El Intocable Sonido De Bill Black's ComboBill Black's Combo1963Single
Bill Black's ComboBill Black's Combo1963Single
Singin The Blues / You Win AgainBill Black's Combo1963Single
Monkey-Shine / Long GoneBill Black's Combo1963Single
Movin'Bill Black's Combo1962Album
Twist - Her / My Girl Josephine / Happy Jose / Sweet Georgia BrownBill Black's Combo / Jack Ross1962Single
Let's Twist HerBill Black's Combo1962Album
The Untouchable Sound Of The Bill Black ComboBill Black's Combo1962Album
So What / Blues For The Red BoyBill Black's Combo1962Single
So What / Blues For The Red BoyBill Black's Combo1962Single
Hot Taco / Joey's SongBill Black's Combo1962Single
Twistin' White Silver Sands / My BabeBill Black's Combo1962Single
Gammel-PartyBill Black's Combo1962Single
Yogi / Ole Buttermilk SkyBill Black's Combo1961Single
That Wonderful FeelingBill Black's Combo1961Single
That Wonderful FeelingBill Black's Combo1961Album
Twist With Me BabyBill Black's Combo1961Single
Hearts Of StoneBill Black's Combo1961Single
Johnny B. Goode / Royal TwistBill Black's Combo1961Single
Twist-HerBill Black's Combo1961Single
Twist-Her / My Girl JosephineBill Black's Combo1961Single
Corrina, CorrinaBill Black's Combo1961Single
Movin' / Honky TrainBill Black's Combo1961Single
My Girl Josephine / TwisterooBill Black's Combo1961Single
White Silver SandsBill Black's Combo1960Single
Don't Be Cruel / Rollin'Bill Black's Combo1960Single
Blue Tango / WillieBill Black's Combo1960Single
SmokieBill Black's Combo1960Album
Josephine / Dry BonesBill Black's Combo1960Single
White Silver SandsBill Black's Combo1960Single
Bill Black's ComboBill Black's Combo1960Single
Saxy JazzBill Black's Combo1960Album
Solid And RaunchyBill Black's Combo1960Album
SmokieBill Black's Combo1959Single
Sears Silvertone Presents Hi Records Bill Black's Combo The Untouchable SoundBill Black's ComboCompil.
That Wonderful Feeling + Movin'Bill Black's ComboCompil.
36 Greatest Hits!Bill Black's ComboCompil.
Solid And Raunchy & Movin'Bill Black's ComboCompil.
Bill Black Goes West + Plays The BluesBill Black's ComboCompil.
Greatest Hits & Bill Black's Combo Play Tunes By Chuck BerryBill Black's ComboCompil.
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've SeenBill Black's ComboSingle
Selections From The Album "Movin"Bill Black's ComboSingle
Honky TonkBill Black's ComboSingle
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