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William Bell

voc, bvoc, *1939 US, Memphis, Tennessee
Singer / Songwriter of R&B/Soul
A.k.a. William Yarborough

Singer - Songwriter - Producer Born on 16.07.1939 in Memphis, Tennessee. He began performing in bands as a teenager, releasing his first record with the The Del-Rios on the local Meteor label in 1957. He developed his songwriting career at the legendary Stax label, and would be a guiding force in the evolution of the Stax sound. In 1961 had released his first solo effort, "You Don't Miss Your Water (Til the Well Runs Dry)", which would be one of the early hits for the label. He was drafted in 1963 and spent two years in the Army. In 1967 he released his first solo album at Stax where he released four more albums. In 1969 Bell moved to Atlanta and started his own label, Peachtree Record Company. Mid 70's he left Stax for Mercury where he released two albums. In 1977 he enjoyed the biggest hit of his career with "Trying To Love Two", which sold over two million copies and stayed on the R&B charts for over six months. After one album at Kat Family Records in 1983 he founded his own record company Wilbe Recording Corporation where he released albums up to 00's. Throughout his career he has recorded succesful duets with Judy Clay, Carla Thomas, Mavis Staples and Janice Bullock. In 1997, he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The same year he was awarded with the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's R&B Pioneer Award. In 2004, Bell was inducted into Carolina Beach Music Hall Of Fame.

  • Vocals
  • Backing Vocals
  • Timbales
  • Keyboards
  • Bass guitar
  • R&B/Soul
  • Blues
  • Electronic
  • Pop
Plays With
The Del-Rios
Popular Tracks   
I Forgot To Be Your Lover on The Best Of William Bell by William Bell
Private Number on The Best Of William Bell by William Bell
Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday on The Very Best Of William Bell by William Bell
I Forgot To Be Your Lover on Wow.../Bound To Happen by William Bell
One Day Closer To Home on One Day Closer To Home by William Bell
You Don't Miss Your Water (Single Version) on Never Like This Before: The Complete 'Blue' Stax Singles 1961-1968 by William Bell
The Three Of Me on This Is Where I Live by William Bell
Happy on Wow.../Bound To Happen by William Bell
Poison In The Well on This Is Where I Live by William Bell
Strung Out Over You on Boy Meets Girl: Classic Stax Duets by Various Artists

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Stax ClassicsWilliam Bell2017Compil.
This Is Where I LiveWilliam Bell2016Album
Live In NYCWilliam Bell2009Album
The Very Best OfWilliam Bell2007Compil.
New Lease On LifeWilliam Bell2006Album
Atlanta Soul (The Peachtree Records Story)William Bell2003Compil.
Collector's Edition Greatest HitsWilliam Bell2002Compil.
A Portrait Is ForeverWilliam Bell1999Album
Phases Of Reality / RelatingWilliam Bell1999Compil.
DuetsWilliam Bell1994Compil.
Trying To Love Two / Easy Comin' Out (Hard Goin' In)William Bell1992Single
Shake Hands (Come Out Lovin') / Private NumberWilliam Bell1992Single
Bedtime Story / Keep Your Body WarmWilliam Bell1992Single
Bedtime StoriesWilliam Bell1992Album
A Little Something ExtraWilliam Bell1991Compil.
Bound To Happen / WowWilliam Bell1991Album
Getting Out Of Your Bed / Short CircuitWilliam Bell1989Single
On A RollWilliam Bell1989Album
I Need Your Love So BadWilliam Bell1989Single
The Best Of William BellWilliam Bell1988Compil.
(I Don't Want To Wake Up) Feelin' Guilty / Headline NewsWilliam Bell & Janice Bullock1986Single
Headline News / Let Him Pay The BandWilliam Bell1986Single
Headline NewsWilliam Bell1986Single
Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday / Please Come Home For ChristmasWilliam Bell1986Single
Passion (The Froggy Mix)William Bell1986Album
I Don't Want To Wake Up (Feelin' Guilty) / Whatever You Want (You Got It)William Bell & Janice Bullock1986Single
Private Number / Who's Making LoveJudy Clay & William Bell / Johnnie Taylor1985Single
Lovin' On Borrowed Time / That's What You GetWilliam Bell1985Single
PassionWilliam Bell1985Album
I Forgot To Be Your Lover / My Whole World Is Falling DownWilliam Bell1984Single
Do Right ManWilliam Bell1984Compil.
SurvivorWilliam Bell1983Album
Playing Hard To GetWilliam Bell1983Single
Bad Time To Break Up / The Truth In Your EyesWilliam Bell1983Single
Private NumberJudy Clay & William Bell1981Single
Easy Comin' Out (Hard Goin' In) / Your Love Keeps Me GoingWilliam Bell1977Single
Coming Back For More / I Absotively, Posolutely Love YouWilliam Bell1977Single
Coming Back For MoreWilliam Bell1977Album
It's Time You Took Another ListenWilliam Bell1977Album
Tryin' To Love Two / If Sex Was All We HadWilliam Bell1976Single
Private NumberJudy Clay / William Bell1976Single
Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday / Everybody Loves A WinnerWilliam Bell1975Single
Get It While It's Hot / Nobody Walks Away From Love UnhurtWilliam Bell1974Single
Gettin' What You Want (Losin' What You Got) / All I Need Is Your LoveWilliam Bell1974Single
Do The Funky Chicken / Happy / Hang 'Em HighRufus Thomas / William Bell / Booker T & The MG's1973Single
I've Got To Go On Without You / You've Got The Kind Of Love I NeedWilliam Bell1973Single
RelatingWilliam Bell1973Album
Lovin' On Borrowed Time / The Man In The StreetWilliam Bell1973Single
Save Us / If You Really Love HimWilliam Bell1972Single
A Tribute To A KingWilliam Bell1972Single
Phases Of RealityWilliam Bell1972Album
Lonely For Your Love / Save UsWilliam Bell1972Single
All For The Love Of A Woman / I'll Be HomeWilliam Bell1971Single
A Penny For Your Thoughts / 'Till My Back Ain't Got No BoneWilliam Bell1971Single
Winding, Winding RoadWilliam Bell1971Single
Wow...William Bell1971Album
All I Have To Do Is Dream / Leave The Girl AloneWilliam Bell / Carla Thomas / Mavis Staples1970Single
Lonely Soldier / Let Me RideWilliam Bell1970Single
Happy / My Kind Of GirlWilliam Bell1969Single
I Need You Woman / I Can't StopWilliam Bell, Carla Thomas1969Single
Soul-A-LujahJohnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Pervis Staples, Carla Thomas, Mavis Staples, Cleotha Staples1969Single
Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday / Any Other WayWilliam Bell1969Single
My Whole World Is Falling Down / All God's Children Got SoulWilliam Bell1969Single
Bound To HappenWilliam Bell1969Album
Born Under A Bad Sign / A Smile Can't Hide (A Broken Heart)William Bell1969Single
I Forgot To Be Your LoverWilliam Bell1969Single
HappyWilliam Bell1969Single
Love's Sweet Sensation / Strung OutWilliam Bell, Mavis Staples1969Single
Born Under A Bad SignWilliam Bell1969Single
Private NumberJudy Clay & William Bell1968Single
A Tribute To A King / Every Man Oughta Have A WomanWilliam Bell1968Single
I Forgot To Be Your LoverWilliam Bell1968Single
My Baby Specializes / Left Over LoveWilliam Bell & Judy Clay1968Single
Private Number / Love-Eye-Tis / My Baby Specializes / Left Over LoveJudy Clay & William Bell1968Album
Private Number / Love-Eye-TisJudy Clay & William Bell1968Single
Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday / Ain't Got No GirlWilliam Bell1968Single
A Tribute To A KingWilliam Bell1968Single
One Plus One / Eloise (Hang On In There)William Bell1967Single
Everybody Loves A Winner / You're Such A Sweet ThangWilliam Bell1967Single
The Soul Of A BellWilliam Bell1967Album
Marching Off To War / Share What You Got (But Keep What You Need)William Bell1966Single
Never Like This Before / Soldiers Good-byeWilliam Bell1966Single
Don't Stop Now / Crying All By MyselfWilliam Bell1964Single
Don't Make Something Out Of Nothing / Who Will It Be TomorrowWilliam Bell1964Single
I'll Show You / Monkeying AroundWilliam Bell1963Single
Just As I Thought / I'm Waiting On YouWilliam Bell1963Single
Somebody Mentioned Your Name / What Can I Do (To Forget)William Bell1963Single
Any Other Way / Please Help Me I'm FallingWilliam Bell1962Single
I Told You So / What'cha Gonna' DoWilliam Bell1962Single
You Don't Miss Your Water / Formula Of LoveWilliam Bell1961Single
My Whole World Is Falling Down / All God's Children Got SoulWilliam BellSingle
Knock On Wood / You Don't Miss Your WaterEddie Floyd / William BellSingle
Time Is TightBooker T & The MG's / Eddie Floyd / William Bell & Judy ClaySingle
Members Only / I Dont Want To Wake UpBobby Bland / William Bell & Janice BullockAlbum
Bring It On Home To Me / Private NumberEddie Floyd / Judy Clay & William BellSingle
HappyWilliam BellSingle
Private Number / Mrs. Robinson / I Wanna TestifyWilliam Bell & Judy Clay / Booker T & The MG's / Johnnie TaylorSingle
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