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Sunday 27 October 2013

Southern Soul Sunday 4

Memphis native and Stax stalwart William Bell is 74 and thankfully is still with us and is now living in Atlanta, Georgia.
He was born William Yarborough but his grandma's name was Belle which led to his stage name.
According to Lee Hildebrand in his sleeve notes to Best of William Bell , Bell is as responsible for Memphis soul as Otis Redding and who am I to argue.

Here is Born Under a Bad Sign which he may or may not have  co-written with the mighty Booker T Jones - Wikipedia said he did , it is only credited to Booker T on the album.
Also featured is perhaps his most famous song Private Number , the duet with Judy Clay, which he does get a writing credit for.
Well worth checking out.

William Bell - Born Under A Bad Sign

William Bell & Judy Clay - Private Number

1 comment:

  1. Private Number one of my favourite songs ever. I rember having to buy a double album compilation, Originals in the mid 80s just to own this song on vinyl. All the other track were of a similar high standard fortunately.