William Bell

William Bell



William Bell (born William Yarbrough; July 16, 1939)[1] is an American soul singer and songwriter. As a performer, he is probably best known for his debut single 1961's "You Don't Miss Your Water" and 1968's top 10 hit in the UK "Private Number", a duet with Judy Clay. Bell's only US top 40 hit is 1976's "Tryin' to Love Two", which also hit No. 1 on the R&B charts. Upon the death of Otis Redding, Bell released the well-received memorial song "A Tribute to a King".

As a songwriter, Bell co-authored the Chuck Jackson hit "Any Other Way", which is a cover since Bell issued it first, as a follow-up to "You Don't Miss Your Water"; Billy Idol's 1986 hit "To Be a Lover", which was first a hit for Bell under its original title "I Forgot to Be Your Lover"; and the blues classic "Born Under A Bad Sign", popularized by both Albert King and Cream.

Although he was a long-time recording artist for Stax Records, he is unrelated to the label's one-time president, Al Bell.



Stax Classics
Stax Classics is an album by William Bell, released on May 19, 2017.
You Don't Miss Your Water
"You Don't Miss Your Water" is a soul song and the debut single written and recorded by American singer William Bell.
This Is Where I Live
This Is Where I Live is an album by William Bell released on June 3, 2016 in the US and July 8, 2016 elsewhere.
Tryin' to Love Two
"Tryin' to Love Two" was a hit song by R&B singer William Bell in 1977.

Photos - William Bell51

Popular Albums13

Album Appearances & References9

Popular Songs7

Song Appearances & References4

Musical Group References1

Collaborators & Influencers6

Other Music-Related Relationships2

You May Also Be Interested In26


Spotify - Albums & Singles115


Spotify - Appears On6


Spotify - Top Tracks10


Affiliated Locations3

New Items