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The Grammy Award HALL OF FAME GALA 

On March 20th, the Recording Academy® revealed the 2024 inducted recordings to the distinguished GRAMMY Hall Of Fame® on its 50th anniversary. 


This year’s additions include four albums and six singles that exhibit qualitative or historical significance and are at least 25 years old. Among the singles inducted is the 1961 debut single written and recorded by William Bell and released on Stax Records, You Don't Miss Your Water. Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy comments, “We’re proud to unveil the diverse mix of recordings entering the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in its 50th year. The music showcased here has played a pivotal role in shaping our cultural landscape, and it’s a true honor to recognize these albums and recordings, along with the profound influence each has had on music and beyond.” Today, we congratulate and celebrate William Bell for the induction of his recording of You Don't Miss Your Water into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame!


Dear Grammy voting members of the Recording Academy, for your consideration 

Dear Grammy voting members of the Recording Academy, for your consideration:

"One Day Closer To Home"
William Bell
William Bell & Scott Bomar, songwriters

"One Day Closer To Home"
William Bell

William Bell and Emmy Award-winning film composer Scott Bomar have crafted the title track from Bell's latest album  fused with elements of Blues and Americana....thanks for your support!

Ryman in Nashville the 22nd Annual Americana Honors & Awards 

Ryman in Nashville for the 22nd Annual Americana Honors & Awards. With performances by 49 Winchester, Adeem the Artist, Allison Russell, Angel Olsen, The Avett Brothers, Bettye LaVette, Bonnie Raitt, Brandi Carlile, Brandy Clark, Hermanos Gutiérrez, Logan Ledger, Margo Price, Marty Stuart, The Milk Carton Kids, Nickel Creek, Noah Kahan, Patty Griffin, Rufus Wainwright, S.G. Goodman, Sunny War, The War And Treaty and William Prince. 



Summit of the Scribes: A Gathering of Stax Legends 

by: Alex Greene / 4:00 a.m. Jun. 28, 2023

The air was charged last Friday night at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, as five of Stax Records’ most valuable players gathered together to answer questions and speak their minds. The sold-out event was first and foremost a celebration of Written in Their Soul: The Stax Songwriter Demos, Craft Recordings’ seven-CD compilation (reviewed last week in the Memphis Flyer) featuring 140 never-before-heard recordings made in the studio’s back rooms, when songwriters made reference tapes of their compositions. Those demos would ultimately be filed away among the holdings of East/Memphis Music, the label’s publishing company, with the best serving as blueprints for full-on studio recordings by Stax artists. READ THE FULL ARTICLE 

William Bell On STAX Records. This Is Where I Live in Vinyl 

William Bell On Stax Records


Purchase "This Is Where I Live" as a vinyl



Stax records has a wonderful William Bell page with interesting information and anecdotes

EXCERPT: Early in life, William Bell had thought to become a doctor. Singing was just a relaxing pastime reserved for social gatherings. But friends convinced him to try his hand at entertaining and he and his group won second prize at the annual Mid-South Talent Contest of Memphis, Tennessee. The prize was a recording contract with Stax Records.

As a sideline to his music career, William Bell is also an actor. A graduate of the two-year program at the Theatre Academy of Dramatic Arts in Atlanta, , where he now resides, he has played a variety of acting roles in stage plays while enrolled at the school. He is probably the only Black actor to play the role of Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. END OF EXCERPT


William Bell Tribute Video by NEA National Heritage Fellows  

William Bell Tribute Video by NEA National Heritage Fellows To be honored by the National Endowment for the arts Heritage Fellows is one of the greatest honors I have received in my career as an artist. I appreciate it very much and thank them. The tribute video is excellent, I hope you watch it.  

Thank you for letting me share my music with you and thank you dear fans and friends. You are the engine that keeps me going.

~William Bell




I Finally won a Grammy in 2017 Best Americana Album This Is Where I live 

William Bell Grammy Award This Is Where I Live Best America Album









It really was an amazing experience to finally win a Grammy. The Best Americana Album in 2017 "This Is Where I Live"!   You can check out the Grammy Website for details. 

Here is a quote from one of the many interviews that followed.  

"My writing is about truth, you know? People all over the world can relate to what's happening in their lives if it's done in a truthful way."

After many hits that placed high in the charts, sold in the millions, finally I won not only a Grammy nomination but the final victory. Well it was just in time, because I began to think I was "Born Under A Bad Sign!" I am grateful to Producer & Co-Writer John Leventhal and for all the talented people that were a part of the creation of "This Is Where I Live"!

So after my Grammy success I received lots of love from all corners of the music industry, old and new fans, many interview requests and naturally I appreciate and enjoy the attention and honor. It's true "Everybody Loves A Winner"!

My new songs are soon to be released and I once again drew from my own life experiences, poured truth and hopefully a bit of wisdom into those lyrics.
Needless to say, I hope maybe there will be another Grammy in the future. We'll see. Wish me luck. Leave me some comments. Do you have a story about a William Bell song you like best?

Behind The Scenes the making of a Grammy Album

Our live performance
Gary Clark Jr., William Bell - Born Under a Bad Sign (LIVE from the 59th GRAMMYs)