William Bell

~ Person

Legal name: William Yarborough


William Bell (born William Yarbrough, July 16, 1939) is an American soul singer and songwriter. As a performer, he is probably best known for 1961's "You Don't Miss Your Water" (his debut single); 1968's "Private Number" (a duet with Judy Clay, and a top 10 hit in the UK); and 1976's "Tryin' to Love Two", Bell's only US top 40 hit, which also hit No. 1 on the R&B charts. Upon the death of Otis Redding, Bell released the well-received memorial song "A Tribute to a King".

As a songwriter, Bell co-authored the Chuck Jackson hit "Any Other Way" (itself a cover, since Bell issued it first, as a follow-up to "You Don't Miss Your Water"), Billy Idol's 1986 hit "To Be a Lover" (originally a hit for Bell under its original title "I Forgot to Be Your Lover"), and the blues classic "Born Under A Bad Sign", popularized by both Albert King and Cream.

Although he was a long-time recording artist for Stax Records, he is unrelated to the label's one-time president, Al Bell.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 The Soul of a Bell William Bell 2
1969 Bound to Happen William Bell 1
1994 Duets William Bell 1
1997 Wow... / Bound to Happen William Bell 1
2016 This Is Where I Live William Bell 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 The Best of William Bell William Bell 1
1992 A Little Something Extra William Bell 1
2007 The Very Best of William Bell William Bell 1
Greatest Hits, Volume One William Bell 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1961 You Don't Miss Your Water / Formula of Love William Bell 1
1967 Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday / Ain't Got No Girl William Bell 1
1968 My Baby Specializes / Left-Over Love Judy Clay & William Bell 1
1968 Private Number / Love-Eye-Tis Judy Clay & William Bell 1
1971 Winding, Winding Road William Bell 1
1986 Headline News / Let Him Pay The Band William Bell 1

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