William Bell and John Leventhal at The Appel Room - New York City Article

Lincoln Center's American Songbook Presents William Bell & Special Guest John Leventhal

Lincoln Center's American Songbook Presents William Bell & Special Guest John Leventhal

Feb 24, 2017, 12:00 am

 The Appel Room

Broadway at 60th Street, Centercharge 212-721-6500

Friday, February 24

William Bell, best known for his many hit singles for the legendary Stax label (which was to Memphis what Motown was to Detroit) exemplifies the old school of singer-songwriters. Unlike the modern variety – those artists who limit themselves to singing their own music exclusively – Mr. Bell worked in a variety of situations. True, he’s celebrated for his own self-penned hits, liked his hit debut, “You Never Miss Your Water” (inspired by an old blues line also heard in W. C. Handy’s “Joe Turner Blues”). But along the way, he also recorded glorious versions of other people’s songs, like his deep soulful interpretation of Jimmy Webb’s “By the Time I Get to Pheonix,” and at the same time, some of his songs became major hits and standards for other artists. His “Born Under a Bad Sign,” most closely associated with Albert King, is an all-time classic of the blues, famously also recorded by co-author Booker T. Jones as well as mainstream rock bands like Cream. Although he’s not known for singing “Bad Sign” himself, something tells me that he’ll sing it at the Appel Room in this rare New York appearance, which arrives in the wake of his highly-successful new album, “This is Where I Live.”

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)