Complete your William Bell collection. A. Passion (Froggy Mix).
William Bell - William Bell with the Stax Music Academy Feat Snoop Dogg - I Forgot To Be Your Lover - William Bell - Any Other Way (Broke For Free Remix) - Healing Bell’s Palsy - Tryin' To L. The Holy Spirit and the Promised Inheritance. WILLIAM BELL - Passion (Froggy Mix) 1986. Rock The Boat' (MisterB Amsterdam Euro Pride 2016).
Singer, songwriter and producer, William Bell defines the essence of soul. Produced By: Matt Ross-Spang. Tracks from Al Green, Margo Price, John Prine & William Bell produced by Matt Ross-Spang. Yesterday at 10:42 ·.
William Bell (born William Yarbrough; July 16, 1939) is an American soul singer and songwriter. As a performer, he is probably best known for his debut single, 1961's "You Don't Miss Your Water"; 1968's top 10 hit in the UK "Private Number", a duet with Judy Clay; and his only US top 40 hit, 1976's "Tryin' to Love Two", which also hit No. 1 on the R&B chart. Upon the death of Otis Redding, Bell released the well-received memorial song "A Tribute to a King".
William Bell is probably the most woefully underappreciated artist in the Stax Records stable. Primarily a ballad singer, Bell avoided the charismatic stage histrionics of singers like Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett in favor of a more subtle and melodic approach. Bell wasn't afraid to mix pure country elements into the deep soul stew, as "You Don't Miss Your Water" shows, and his 1967 hit "Everybody Loves a Winner" is as much Merle Haggard as it is Otis Redding. Eloise (Hang on in There)," another Bell/Jones collaboration, sounds like a great, lost Four Tops song, and is one of the many highlights on this revealing anthology, which works not only as an introduction to this underrated artist, but also as a solid survey of his top moments.
While his 1967 debut, The Soul of a Bell, may be his finest album, this collection compiles many of the highlights that followed, including his exquisite 1968 single "I Forgot to Be Your Lover. That same year, Bell cut a satisfactory set of Duets (1968) with Judy Clay, Carla Thomas, and Mavis Staples, three of which are featured here. By 1969, however, Bell was singing with increased confidence and, while the arrangements retained all the grand gestures of old, they seemed tougher somehow