Jeff Floyd & William Bell Rising in the Radio Charts 2

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1 Mr. X Make It Do What It Do Sound Mindz
2 Bobby McFerrin Say Ladeo Decca/Universal


Jeff Floyd f/William Bell A Woman’s Worth Wilbe
4 Vivian Green Beautiful Koch
5 Mary J. Blige The Very Best Thing Jive
6 Sade Babyfather Sony
7 Smokey Robinson Love Bath Robso Music
8 Janet Jackson Nothing So So Def/Malaco
9 Floyd Taylor All Of You, All Of Me CDS Records
10 Raheem DeVaughn I Don’t Care Jive
11 Bigg Robb Can I Get To Know You Girl Grown Folks Music
12 Mel Waiters Ain’t Gonna Do It Waldoxy
13 Ledisi Higher Than This Universal
14 Leela James Tell Me You Love Me Shanachie
15 Shaya Love Lane Second Chapter
16 Clarence Carter The Soup Song CeeGee Records
17 L’Stubbs All Is Well Crew Records
18 Heart II Heart Mind Your Business Dream City Records
19 William Bell Am I Mr. Right? Wilbe Records
20 Chrisette Michelle All I Ever Think About Def Jam
21 Margo Thunder Mistreated Moonridge Internat’l
22 BJ Miller Sick & Tired of Living A Lie Mardi Gras
23 Nathaniel Kimble Mama Kimbarn
24 Hog Pen Can You Drop It Brittney Records
25 Gus Geeter I Been Your Fool Too Long Sound Mindz

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William Bell A principal architect of the Stax/Volt sound, singer/composer William Bell came to prominence with his classic "You Don't Miss Your Water," one of the quintessential soul records to emerge from the Memphis scene. William cut his teeth backing Rufus Thomas, and in 1957 recorded his first sides as a member of the Del Rios. After joining the Stax staff as a writer, in 1961 Bell made his solo debut with the selfpenned "You Don't Miss Your Water," an archetypal slice of countrysoul and one of the label's first big hits. A two-year Armed Forces stint effectively derailed his career, however, and he did not release his first full-length album, The Soul of a Bell, until 1967, generating a Top 20 hit with the single "Everybody Loves a Winner"; that same year, Albert King also scored with another classic Bell composition, the oft-covered "Born Under a Bad Sign." Bell's next solo hit, 1968's "A Tribute to a King," was a poignant farewell to the late Otis Redding; the R&B Top Ten hit "I Forgot to Be Your Lover" soon followed, and a series of duets with Judy Clay, most notably "Private Number," also earned airplay. In 1969, he relocated to Atlanta and set up his own label, and in 1977 Bell capped a major comeback with "Trying to Love Two," which topped the R&B charts. In 1985, he founded another label, Wilbe. In addition to issuing subsequent LPs, in 1987 Bell was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and that same year also received the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's R&B Pioneer Award. After 1992, Bell took a lengthy hiatus from the recording studio, though he still performed regularly. In 2003, he was honored by the Blues Foundation with the W.C. Handy Heritage Award. In 2007, Bell showed that he still 'had it' when he wowed the crowd at the Stax 50th Anniversary Reunion show. He went on to perform at SXSW in Austin and the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans that year, and followed that up with an extensive tour of Europe and a July 2009 appearance at Lincoln Center in NYC. William Bell is currently working on a new CD to be released in 2014.

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