by: Tim Sampson
William Bell is one of our favorite Stax Records artists of all time. He’s also one of the Stax Museum and Stax Music Academy’s most avid supporters, with academy students opening for him in Manchester, England in 2017, performing with him in Orlando, Florida, students featured in his video for his 2020 NEA National Heritage Fellowship… Continue to read
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