William Bell: Stax Records Tribute
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William Bell
Memphis Soul Revue

William Bell: Stax Records Tribute

JUN 11–23 | 37th San Francisco Jazz Festival

Jun 20
Herbst Theatre

Soul singing great and legendary songwriter William Bell leads this tribute to the timeless soul music of Memphis and the iconic Stax Records sound. One of the first artists signed to the Stax label, Bell scored the early hit “You Don’t Miss Your Water (Until Your Well Runs Dry)” in 1961 that was later covered by Otis Redding and The Byrds, and wrote a number of the greatest tracks of the classic soul era, including “Born Under a Bad Sign,” made famous by Albert King and Eric Clapton with Cream, “Everybody Loves a Winner,” “Private Number,” and “I Forgot To Be Your Lover,” which became a hit in two decades after being covered by pop-punk giant Billy Idol in 1986. Possessed of a smoky tenor matched with a crooner’s control, Bell has released a string of soul gems that have earned him global hits along with the Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s R&B Pioneer Award and the W.C. Handy Heritage Award.

Bell reunited with Stax in 2016 to release This is Where I Live produced by Rosanne Cash guitarist John Leventhal – a triumph that won Bell a GRAMMY for Best Traditional R&B Performance with the track “The Three of Me.” He made his GRAMMY stage debut the same night, performing “Born Under a Bad Sign” with Gary Clark Jr. to bring his legacy full-circle.

Bell remains a master of telling a vivid tale in three verses, and along the way dispensing some wisdom about life's hard knocks.

Chicago Tribune

Bell remains a master of telling a vivid tale in three verses, and along the way dispensing some wisdom about life's hard knocks.

Chicago Tribune

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William Bell

Born Under a Bad Sign

William Bell

The Three of Me

William Bell

Born Under a Bad Sign

William Bell

The Three of Me