William Bell Discography

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William Bell started out as a member of the vocal group The Del Rios, recording before Stax on Meteor. At Stax, he recorded at first both with the Del Rios and as a solo artist. His solo career took off after his first, self composed hit "You don't miss your water" - perhaps the earliest full fledged soul 6/8 ballad, as early as 1961.

You don't miss your water / Formula of love - Stax 116 * 1961

Just across the street / There's a love - Stax 125 * 1962

by the Del Rios; William Bell lead vocals on the flip.

Any other way / Please help me, I'm falling - Stax 128 * 1962

I told you so / What'cha gonna do - Stax 132 * 1963

Just as i thought / I'm waiting on you - Stax 135 *1963

Somebody mentioned your name / What can I do to forget - Stax 138 * 1963

I'll show you / Monkeying around - Stax 141 * 1964

Who will it be tomorrow / Don't make something out of nothing - Stax 146 * 1964

Crying all by myself / Don't stop now - Stax 174 * 1965

Share what you got (But keep what you need) / Marching off to war - Stax 191 * 1966

Never like this before / Soldier's goodbye - Stax 199 * 1966

Everybody loves a winner / (You're such a) Sweet thang - Stax 212 * 1967

Eloise (hang on in there) / One plus one - Stax 227 * 1967

Everyday will be like a holiday / Ain't got no girl - Stax 237 * 1967

A tribute to a king / Every man oughta have a woman - Stax 248 * 1968

Private number / Love-eye-tis (With judy Clay) - Stax 0005 * 1968

I forgot to be your lover / Bring the curtain down - Stax 0015 * 1968

My baby specialises / Left over love (with Judy Clay) - Stax 0017 * 1968

All god's children got soul / My whole world is falling down - Stax 0032 * 1969

Soul-a-lujah pt. 1 / pt. 2 - Stax 0040 * 1969

vocals by Wm. Bell with six other Stax artists

Love's sweet sensation / Strung out - Stax 0043 * 1969

duets with Mavis Staples

I need you woman / I can't stop - Stax 0044 * 1969

dueta with Carla Thomas

Born under a bad sign / a smile can't hide (a broken heart) - Stax 0054 * 1969

Leave the girl alone / All I have to do is dream - Stax 0067 * 1970

duets with Mavis Staples / with Carla Thomas

Lonely soldier / Let me ride - Stax 0070 * 1970

A Penny for your thoughts / Till my back ain't got no bone - Stax 0092 * 1971

All the love of a woman / ? - Stax 0106 * 1971

Save us / If you really love him - Stax 0128 * 1972

Lovin' on borrowed time / The man in the street - Stax 0157 * 1973

I've got to go on without you / You're the kind of love I need - Stax 0175 * 1973

Gettin' what you want / All I need is your love - Stax 0198 * 1974

Get it while it's hot / Nobody walks away from love unhurt - Stax 0221 * 1975

To be continued...

The demise of Stax was not necessarily bad news for William Bell. His biggest hit was released just months after Stax closed down: Tryin' to love two, on Mercury, released in 1976, made R&B number one, made the Pop Top Ten, and sold well over a million copies.

William Bell continues to be an active force in southern soul to this day. In 1986 he had a hit with "Headline News". For the past several years he has been running his WilBe label and production company, producing records for himself and for others.

In 1994, he was video taped live on the Story of Stax special, singing "You don't miss you water", with Marvell Thomas acompanying him on piano - a wonderful, thrilling moment of soul caught on videotape.

You can now browse to William Bell's own site, Wilbe Productions, Inc.!


LP's

The Soul of a Bell - Stax 709 * 1967

Everybody loves a winner / You don't miss your water / Do right woman-do right man / I've been loving you too long (to stop now) / Nothing takes the place of you / Then you can tell me goodbye / Eloise (hang on in there) / Any other way / It's happening all over / Never like this before / You're such a sweet thang

Bound to Happen - Stax 2014 * 1969

Wow ...William Bell - Stax 2037 * 1970

Phases of Reality - Stax 3005 * 1973

Waiting for William Bell - Stax 3012 * 1973

Relating - Stax 5502 * 1974

Comin' Back for More - Mercury * 1977

It's Time You Took Another Listen - Mercury * 1977

...?

Survivor - Kat Family * 1983

Passion * 1986 - ?

On a Roll - Wilbe * 1989

Bedtime Stories - Wilbe - 1992

Additions and track listings to follow...



Previously unreleased Stax recordings were released in 1993 on:


A Little Something Extra - Ace (UK) 037

She won't be like you / All that i am / Let's do something together / Forever
wouldn't be too long / You got me where you want me / Quittin' time / That's my love / You need a little something extra / There's a love / Never let me go / We got something good / You got me where you want me / Will you love me tomorrow / Love will find a Way / What did I do wrong / Sacrifice / Love is after me / The life I live / Wait / You're never too old


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Tryin' to love two stream it or download it

Let's do something together is featured on the Soul of the Net's Radio Show #3

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