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William Bell Never Like This Before - The Complete 'Blue' Stax Singles 1961-1968 (CD)

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William Bell: Never Like This Before - The Complete 'Blue' Stax Singles 1961-1968 (CD)

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Legendary Southern soul veteran William Bell has been in the record business for 66 years and was around for virtually the entire 15-year existence of the legendary Stax label in Memphis (1960-1975). During that time, he composed and recorded many songs that are rightfully considered classics, from his Stax debut, "You Don't Miss Your Water," to the blues classic "Born Under A Bad Sign," to his hit duet with Judy Clay, "Private Number."

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  • Album titlle: Never Like This Before - The Complete 'Blue' Stax Singles 1961-1968 (CD)

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Bell, William - Never Like This Before - The Complete 'Blue' Stax Singles 1961-1968 (CD) CD 1
01 You Don't Miss Your Water William Bell
02 Formula Of Love William Bell
03 Any Other Way William Bell
04 Please Help Me I'm Falling William Bell
05 I Told You So William Bell
06 What'cha Gonna Do William Bell
07 Just As I Thought William Bell
08 I'm Waiting On You William Bell
09 What Can I Do (To Forget) William Bell
10 Somebody Mentioned Your Name William Bell
11 I'll Show You William Bell
12 Monkeying Around William Bell
13 Don't Make Something Out Of Nothing William Bell
14 Who Will It Be Tomorrow William Bell
15 Crying All By Myself William Bell
16 Don't Stop Now William Bell
17 Share What You Got (But Keep What You Need) William Bell
18 Marching Off To War William Bell
19 Never Like This Before William Bell
20 Soldier's Goodbye William Bell
21 Everybody Loves A Winner William Bell
22 You're Such A Sweet Thang William Bell
23 Eloise (Hang On In There) William Bell
24 One Plus One William Bell
25 Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday William Bell
26 Ain't Got No Girl William Bell
27 A Tribute To A King William Bell
28 Every Man Oughta Have A Woman William Bell
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William Bell

I Forgot To Be Your Lover 

William Bell

I Forgot To Be Your Lover 

When Stax Records was in its infancy, William Bell helped pull it through. The underrated singer was a mainstay at the Memphis-based label practically to its end.

Born July 16, 1939, Bell was exposed to a wide array of influences in his hometown of Memphis. "My mother sang gospel, and I was in church constantly, and I sang in the choir," he says.William sang with the doo-wopping Del Rios, who debuted in 1956 with Alone On A Rainy Nite on Meteor Records. They sang with veteran Memphis orchestra leader Phineas Newborn, Sr., and Bell also toured with him solo.

"We were in New York, and we had been up there I guess about two or three weeks," says Bell. "I guess I got homesick. I wrote this song during that particular time of touring." It was the beautiful waltz-time soul ballad You Don't Miss Your Water. "We were doing some things, background work, more or less, as a vocal group for Stax. Well, it was Satellite Records then," says Bell. "Chips Moman, who was a producer and musician at Satellite at that time, was asking me about recording some. So I just put it off, put it off, until finally a couple of the guys in the group were older, and they were drafted into the military. So at that time, the group kind of fell apart. And then I decided to try my luck solo." The minor impact the ballad had on the 1962 pop charts is hardly indicative of its vast Southern soul popularity.

Bell made more great Memphis soul for Stax, including the original Any Other Way. He started to register R&B hits in 1966 with Share What You Got and Never Like This Before. Private Number, his '68 hit duet with Judy Clay, started out as a guide vocal for her alone. "She said, 'Well, would you put it down for me? I'll take it back to New York and put my vocals on in New York,'" says William. "So I sang the first verse

–-they kept it on there, that was what I demoed-–and she sang the second verse and doubled the harmonies on the chorus with me. We were never singing it in the studio at the same time."

The tender I Forgot To Be Your Lover, which he wrote with Stax keyboardist Booker T. Jones, was Bell's biggest Stax seller at #10 R&B and #45 pop. "It's more personal family-oriented, I guess, in me being on the road 200 days out of the year, and just not being able to really be the person to be home with family and all," explains Bell. "I wrote that particular song with that experience in mind." Tryin' To Love Two, Bell's lone R&B chart-topper,came after Stax folded and he'd moved to Mercury in 1976.

 

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Tracklist
Bell, William - Never Like This Before - The Complete 'Blue' Stax Singles 1961-1968 (CD) CD 1
01 You Don't Miss Your Water
02 Formula Of Love
03 Any Other Way
04 Please Help Me I'm Falling
05 I Told You So
06 What'cha Gonna Do
07 Just As I Thought
08 I'm Waiting On You
09 What Can I Do (To Forget)
10 Somebody Mentioned Your Name
11 I'll Show You
12 Monkeying Around
13 Don't Make Something Out Of Nothing
14 Who Will It Be Tomorrow
15 Crying All By Myself
16 Don't Stop Now
17 Share What You Got (But Keep What You Need)
18 Marching Off To War
19 Never Like This Before
20 Soldier's Goodbye
21 Everybody Loves A Winner
22 You're Such A Sweet Thang
23 Eloise (Hang On In There)
24 One Plus One
25 Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday
26 Ain't Got No Girl
27 A Tribute To A King
28 Every Man Oughta Have A Woman