Bill Fay

Bill Fay

Real Name:
William Fay
Profile:
UK-based singer, songwriter and pianist, who began writing in the early 1960s while studying at university and in 1966 recorded a demo using the mobile studio of John Boden. Impressed by the demo, ex-Them drummer Terry Noon helped Fay to sign a recording contract with Decca. Between 1967 and 1971 the label released a single (Some Good Advice / Screams In The Ears) and two albums (the lush, orchestrated eponymous debut and the rawer Time Of The Last Persecution). Unfortunately, these recordings did not sell well and Decca decided to end Bill’s contract shortly after the release of Time Of The Last Persecution. He returned to the studio in the late 1970s to record a third album, which finally emerged in January 2005 on Durtro/Jnana Records (entitled Tomorrow Tomorrow And Tomorrow, credited to the Bill Fay Group). In 2004, Wooden Hill released From The Bottom Of An Old Grandfather Clock - a collection of demos recorded between 1966 and 1970 (plus one recorded in 2000).

After not releasing any newly recorded material for over four decades - aside from a single track on From The Bottom Of An Old Grandfather Clock in 2000 - Bill released a new album of original material in 2012, titled Life Is People. This was followed in 2015 by another new album, Who Is The Sender?.

Bill’s many fans include country rockers Wilco, songwriter/producer Jim O'Rourke, Ben Chasny of Six Organs Of Admittance and David Tibet of Current 93.
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Bill Fay Discography Tracks

Albums

Bill Fay Bill Fay (Album) Deram, Decca France 1970 Sell This Version
Bill Fay Time Of The Last Persecution (Album) Deram UK 1971 Sell This Version
WHCD012 Bill Fay From The Bottom Of An Old Grandfather Clock(CD) Wooden Hill WHCD012 UK 2004 Sell This Version
NIFE 008CD Bill Fay Still Some Light(2xCD, Album) Jnana Records NIFE 008CD Canada 2010 Sell This Version
Bill Fay Life Is People (Album) Dead Oceans US 2012 Sell This Version
Bill Fay Who Is The Sender? (Album) Dead Oceans UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Bill Fay Some Good Advice / Screams In The Ears Deram US 1967 Sell This Version
none Bill Fay Be At Peace With Yourself / Empires(CDr, Single, Promo) Dead Oceans none UK 2012 Sell This Version

Compilations

SEECD 499 Bill Fay Bill Fay/Time Of The Last Persecution... Plus(CD, Comp, RE) See For Miles Records Ltd. SEECD 499 UK 1998 Sell This Version