Sunday, July 3, 2011

Soul Sunday....

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 and The Staple Singers.

He had one of the Stax label's earliest hits with the classic "You Don't Miss Your Water" back in 1961.He is probably best known for "A Tribute To A King", his own personal tribute to Otis Redding but if you dig a bit deeper there's a wealth of great material out there. For a start there is this compilation that is well worth investigating. If you are feeling a tad more adventurous this double CD from Stax contains two albums of sublime material from one of the most underrated and understated soul singers of all time. Just listen to opening track "I Forgot To Be Your Lover" and feel your heart melting to this soul classic. Sublime....

William Bell - I Forgot To Be Your Lover

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