YouTube: Bill Harris

Posted on: Saturday, Feb 6, 2010

This promotional video for bluesman Bill Harris was produced shortly before his death in 1988 at the age of 63. Bill Harris was a classical guitar virtuoso and consumate blues musician based in Washington D.C. In the 1950s, he was a member of the legendary vocal group THE CLOVERS, who had a string of R&B hits throughout that decade. He also had a prolific solo career and released several albums. Harris owned and operated Pigfoot, a restaurant-nightclub-art gallery in Washington D.C., which is featured in the video. Narrated by Joe Pinkney.

… and here is Bill on guitar in The Clovers


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February 7th, 2010 at 16:31
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What a great clip of the Clovers and what a band! How many ’60s Merseybeat groups or ’70s pub rockers banged out “Love Potion No 9” or “Good Lovin” often missing the essential groove, humour or swing? I know I did!
As for the brilliant Bill Harris, the “Fool” clip should be required viewing for all aspiring guitarists. There’s more feel in his turnaround licks & 12 bar break in this one song than in a storeful of box sets by many of today’s ‘star’ blues-rockers.