December 12, 2015 | doors at 8:30pm
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Stomp and Stammer presents:
STOMP & STAMMER'S 19TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY!
WILLIAM BELL & THE TOTAL PACKAGE BAND
Black Linen | The InCrowd Band featuring Mattiel, Ruby Woo & More
- DAY OF SHOW
A principal architect of the Stax/Volt sound, singer/composer William Bell came to prominence with 1961’s “You Don’t Miss Your Water,” one of the quintessential soul records to emerge from the Memphis scene, later covered by Otis Redding, The Byrds, Taj Mahal, Peter Tosh, The Triffids and Brian Eno.
William cut his teeth backing Rufus Thomas, and in 1957 recorded his first sides as a member of the Del Rios. After joining the Stax staff as a writer, in 1961 Bell made his solo debut with the self-penned “You Don’t Miss Your Water,” an archetypal slice of country soul and one of the label’s first big hits. A two-year Armed Forces stint effectively derailed his career, however, and he did not release his first full-length album, The Soul of a Bell, until 1967, generating a Top 20 hit with the single “Everybody Loves a Winner”; that same year, Albert King also scored with another classic Bell composition, the oft-covered “Born Under a Bad Sign,” written with Booker T. Jones (of Booker T & the MG’s) and also popularized by Cream.
Bell’s next solo hit, 1968’s “A Tribute to a King,” was a poignant
farewell to the late Otis Redding. Other Bell classics include “Private Number” (a 1968 duet with Judy Clay), “I Forgot to Be Your Lover” (remade as “To Be a Lover” by Billy Idol in 1986), “Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday” and 1976’s “Tryin’ to Love Two,” which topped the R&B charts and reached the Top Ten on the pop charts.
Bell has been an Atlanta resident since 1969, and in 1987 was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame; that same year he also received the Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s R&B Pioneer Award. After 1992, Bell took a lengthy hiatus from the recording studio, though he still performed regularly. In 2003, he was honored by the Blues Foundation with the W.C. Handy Heritage Award. In 2007, Bell showed that he still “had it” when he wowed the crowd at the Stax 50th Anniversary Reunion show. He went on to perform at SXSW in Austin and the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans that year, and followed that up with an extensive tour of Europe and a July 2009 appearance at Lincoln Center in New York City.
William Bell recently recorded a “comeback” album, currently slated for release in Spring 2016. Although he still calls Atlanta home, he rarely performs here, certainly not in venues as intimate as The EARL. He’s looking forward to it, and so should you.