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The original ‘soul man’ co-wrote one of the most covered songs in blues/rock music history, Born Under a Bad Sign with Booker T. Jones. Bell’s style is all about phrasing and inflection, simmering tension and restraint and his quintessential voice and evocative performances still wow audiences. William Bell’s 1961 solo debut for Stax records, You Don’t Miss Your Water (Until Your Well Runs Dry) became one of the fledgling label’s first major hits and is now considered one of the finest examples of soul music.
“With every smoothly delivered lesson about satisfaction and pain, you sense how hard each one was to learn, and how finding the right words—the right tone of voice to make what you have to say mean anything – is much harder.” Pitchfork (Greil Marcus)
William released his first full-length album, 1969’s definitive The Soul of a Bell which included the Top 20 single, Everybody Loves a Winner. Among Bell’s other hits at Stax were I Forgot to be Your Lover (later covered by Billy Idol), Private Number (a duet with Judy Clay that was a Top 10 hit in the UK), and the Christmastime favourite, Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday.
William struck pay dirt again in 1977 with Tryin’ to Love Two on Mercury Records, which became a top ten pop hit and went to #1 on the R&B charts. Since then, Bell has continued to enjoy a distinguished career as a singer, songwriter and producer. His songs have been recorded by such diverse stars as Linda Rondstadt, Rod Stewart and Etta James and his recordings have been sampled by an impressive list of hip-hop and R&B artists including Kanye West, Ludacris, Jaheim and more.
William has just won a GRAMMY for Best Americana Album.
A Memphis Legend is Back The New York Times
Stax Academy Revue
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary 1967 Stax/Volt European Tour, young people from the Stax Music Academy will perform soul stirring tunes originally recorded by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Eddie Floyd and others.
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Discounts will reduce to £1, £2 and £3 per ticket after 13 May. Please book via Ticket Office. Offer not available online.
Celebrating the finest American roots music this feel-good festival brings together some legendary artists, a whole bunch of rising stars and the best of the next generation for a weekend long party and some UK only shows. Headliners taking to the stages at Sage Gateshead between 21 and 23 July...
Sage Gateshead showcases a strong line-up of folk, roots and blues artists from both sides of the Atlantic.
This Summer at Sage Gateshead sees SummerTyne Americana Festival return along with events for all the family and outstanding exclusive shows from Mercury Rev and Royal Northern Sinfonia and The Bootleg Beatles with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic