- Also Known As:
- "William Yarbrough"
- Date of Birth:
- July 16, 1939
William Bell (born William Yarbrough, July 16, 1939 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American soul singer and songwriter. He is known as a performer of his own hits, in addition to writing popular songs for other soul and R&B artists. William was also part of the band Del Rios. Although he started getting involved with music at age fourteen, William didn’t record his first album until after he served time in the military. In 1967 the singer released The Soul of a Bell on Stax Records, which contained his hit “Everyone Loves A Winner.” He continued to write and record many albums in the years that followed. William’s fame grew and in 1987 he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and received the Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s R&B Pioneer Award that same year. The soul powerhouse took a break from the recording studio in 1992, coming back in 2001. Throughout his career, William recorded sixteen albums — his most recent being, This Is Where I Live, his first in ten years. William was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame as part of the 2016 class. This year, at 77-years-old, he is nominated for two Grammy awards: Best Americana Album for This is Where I Live and Best Traditional R&B Performance for the track “The Three of Me.” After decades in the business, these are his first Grammy nominations.
Best Known For:
William Bell is known for being an popular soul singer.
William Bell got his stage name after his grandmother, who’s first name name was Belle — he just dropped the ‘e’. Growing up, people said the singer looked so much like his grandmother that they called him “Little Belle.”