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About William Bell
Singer, songwriter and producer, William Bell defines the essence of “soul.”
The man who co-wrote one of the most covered songs in blues/rock music history is also an original “soul man,” and he’s back! William Bell, who wrote “Born Under a Bad Sign” with Booker T. Jones, a tune first recorded by Albert King and made legend by Eric Clapton and Cream, has returned to Stax Records and is ready to retake the limelight. Fresh off of his featured role in the Memphis music documentary “Take Me To The River,” where William and Snoop Dogg performed another of his compositions, Bell is teaming up with Grammy-winning producer John Leventhal (Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Shawn Colvin) to record his first major label album in over 30 years. One of the last of the original soul singers still standing, his quintessential voice and evocative performances still wow audiences all these years later.
In recent years, he has performed at the Obama White House, played London’s Royal Albert Hall and been inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame alongside Justin Timberlake. Last year, the 78-year-old artist won his first Grammy, and, during the awards telecast, shared center stage with 33-year-old Austin bluesman Gary Clark Jr. Together, they performed another Bell classic, “Born Under a Bad Sign,” which he co-wrote with fellow Stax artist Booker T. Jones. Bell also won Americana Music Association ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ (2016), the Memphis Music Foundation ‘W.C. Handy Heritage Award’ (2003) and BMI ‘Songwriter’s Award’ (2003).