RELEASING NEW ALBUM
'ONE DAY CLOSER TO HOME'
BELL IS A PIONEER OF
THE STAX/VOLTZ RECORDS ERA
& WROTE ONE OF THE MOST-RECORDED BLUES SONGS OF ALL-TIME!
"BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN"
ON INTERVIEWING THE LEGENDS
CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN IN ITS ENTIRETY
In a distinguished career as a singer, songwriter and producer, William Bell has come to define the essence of “soul.” Born in Memphis but based in Atlanta since 1970, William Bell was one of the pioneers of the classic Stax/Volt sound, joining such other illustrious musical forces at that label as Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & the MG’s, Albert King, Eddie Floyd, Carla and Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers and the Bar-Kays, among others.
William recorded his first sides as a member of the group the Del Rios. In 1961, he made his solo recording debut with the classic single, “You Don’t Miss Your Water,” which became one of the fledgling label’s first major hits.
After a two-year stint in the Armed Forces, William released his first full-length album in 1967, the classic The Soul of a Bell, which included the Top 20 hit single, “Everybody Loves a Winner.” That same year, blues great Albert King recorded what came to be his signature tune, “Born Under a Bad Sign,” also written by Bell, which has since become one of the most-recorded blues songs of all-time.
Among his other classic hits at Stax were “Any Other Way,” “Never Like This Before,” “A Tribute to a King” (William’s personal tribute to Stax legend Otis Redding), “I Forgot to be Your Lover,” his internationally acclaimed duet with Judy Clay, “Private Number,” and the perennial Christmas music favorite, “Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday.”
As a songwriter, William Bell’s compositions have also been recorded by such diverse stars as Otis Redding, Eric Clapton, Billy Idol, Lou Rawls and Rod Stewart, among many others.
In 2014 William Bell appeared in the critically acclaimed and award-winning movie “TAKE ME TO THE RIVER”, a Martin Shore Production. In connection with the film, William Bell still travels the world, attending film festivals and performing concerts.
In February 2017 William received a Grammy for his latest CD on STAX/Concord Records “This Is Where I Live” for Americana Album of the Year and performed on the live TV presentation with Gary Clark, Jr.!
On April 14th 2023 William Bell will release an Album titled “One Day Closer To Home” with 12 NEW songs. William Bell continues to be a major force in the music industry!
THE LATEST ALBUM
‘ONE DAY CLOSER TO HOME’
Preorder now at
“One Day Closer To Home” is a master class on how to put down the deepest kind of blues from a lifetime achiever. With tremendous groove, the song leans into his signature, soulful sound. Bell doesn’t waste a note, word, or bar telling this story of trying to get back to freedom and he makes you believe every bit of it. His vocal delivery is heart-wrenching, loaded with hope and despair all at once. Both the instrumentation and the track’s music video are austere and minimal, which keeps the focus on Bell, where it belongs. It’s an outstanding song that will catch you and keep you.
OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE APRIL 14TH
THE NEW SINGLE "ONE DAY CLOSER TO HOME" AVAILABLE NOW!
FOR MORE INFORMATION
1967 The Soul of a Bell
1969 Bound to Happen
1971 Wow ...William Bell
1972 Phases of Reality
1973 Waiting for William Bell
1977 Coming Back for More
It's Time You Took Another Listen
1989 On a Roll
1992 Bedtime Stories
1999 A Portrait Is Forever
2006 New Lease on Life
2016 This Is Where I Live
One Day Closer To Home (2023)
The Best of William Bell (1988)
The Very Best of William Bell (2007)
1961 "You Don't Miss Your Water"
1962 "Any Other Way"
1963 "I Told You So"
"Just as I Thought"
"Somebody Mentioned Your Name"
"I'll Show You"
1964 “Who Will It Be Tomorrow"
1965 "Crying All by Myself"
1966 "Share What You Got (But Keep What You Need)"
"Never Like This Before"
1967 "Everybody Loves a Winner"
"Eloise (Hang on in There)"
"Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday"
1968 "Every Man Ought to Have a Woman”
"A Tribute to a King"
"Private Number" (with Judy Clay)
"I Forgot to Be Your Lover"
"My Baby Specializes" (with Judy Clay)
1969 "My Whole World Is Falling Down"
"Soul-A-Lujah" (with Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, Pervis Staples,
Carla Thomas, Mavis Staples and Cleotha Staples)
"Love's Sweet Sensation" (with Mavis Staples)
"I Can't Stop" (with Carla Thomas)
"Born Under a Bad Sign"
1970 "All I Have to Do Is Dream" (with Carla Thomas)
1971 "A Penny for Your Thoughts"
"All for the Love of a Woman"
1972 "Save Us"
1973 "Lovin' on Borrowed Time"
"I've Got to Go on Without You"
1974 "Gettin' What You Want (Losin' What You Got)"
"Get It While It's Hot"
1976 "Tryin' to Love Two"
1977 "Coming Back for More"
"Easy Comin' Out (Hard Goin' In)"
1983 "Bad Time to Break Up"
"Playing Hard to Get"
1985 "Lovin' on Borrowed Time" (new version)
1986 "I Don't Want to Wake Up (Feelin' Guilty)" (with Janice Bulluck)
"Please Come Home for Christmas"
1989 "Getting Out of Your Bed"
1990 "Need Your Love So Bad"
1992 "Bedtime Story"
1995 "Shake Hands (Come Out Lovin')"
Awards and honors
W.C. Handy Heritage Award from the Memphis Music Foundation (2003)
BMI Songwriters Award (2003)
Featured in the Stax Museum of American Soul Music (2003)
Lifetime Achievement Award from Americana Music Association (2016)
Memphis Music Hall of Fame inductee (2016)
Grammy Award win: Best Americana Album for This Is Where I Live (2017)
Grammy Award nomination: Best Traditional R&B Performance for "The Three of Me" (2017)
Four Blues Music Award nominations: Album (This Is Where I Live), Soul Blues Album (This Is Where I Live), Soul Blues Male Artist (2017) (The Blues Foundation, 2018), Best Soul Blues Male Artist (2019)
Epitome of Soul Award presented to Bell by Stevie Wonder at The Consortium MMT event at the Horseshoe Tunica (2017)
National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts (2020)
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