Watch Stax Records Legend William Bell Perform On NPR's Tiny Desk Concert
NPR‘s Tiny Desk Concert has quickly become one of the best ways to experience your favorite voices and musicians in an intimate, stripped-down state. Recent guests have included the likes of Anderson .Paak, Chick Corea, The Internet, Gregory Porter and Rapsody to name just a few, and all of them are more than worth your attention on any given lunch break.
Today they’ve released a show featuring soul giant William Bell for learned lovers of music. Bell began his career as one of the foundational voices of the legendary Stax Records, releasing countless tunes that now comprise the base of the soul music canon, beginning all the way back in 1961 with “You Don’t Miss Your Water,” but is perhaps best known to the hip-hop community for his beautifully tender ballad “I Forgot To Be Your Lover” (1968,) BKA the source material for UGK‘s indomitable “Int’l Players Anthem.” He didn’t perform it here, but he did put the work on fellow Stax man Albert King‘s “Born Under A Bad Sign,” as well as the title track from his new album This Is Where I Live.
Watch the whole performance down below and grab your copy of William Bell’s new album on iTunes today.