Bill Aikins

Real Name:
William Aikins
Bill Aikin’s career began in Nashville, TN, where as a musician, he recorded, performed and toured with celebrity entertainers such as Roy Orbison, Brenda Lee, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Carl Perkins, and Hank Williams, Jr.

While recording and traveling with Hank Williams, Jr. for 3 ½ years, Aikins also accompanied Grand Ole Opry stars such as Patsy Cline, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, and many others.

In February of 1968, he moved to Las Vegas, NV where he worked for Bill Porter (Elvis Presley’s sound engineer) and Brent Maher (producer for The Judds) at the United Recording Studio. While there, he recorded with Dobie Gray (In Crowd, Drift Away), Kenny O'Dell (Behind Closed Doors), and many others. Parallel to his work as a studio musician, he performed regularly in Las Vegas hotels with his own group, Southern Comfort.

In 1969, he joined forces with Bobby Darin, with whom he recorded exclusively for several years, and accompanied on tour until Darin’s untimely death in December 1973.

As Darin’s musical director, accompanist, and conductor, Aikins performed in the main showrooms of various Las Vegas hotels. He also accompanied Darin on all major TV shows which included The Tonight Show (with Johnny Carson), the Flip Wilson Show, the Dick Cavet Show, the David Frost Show, the Della Reese Show and the Joey Bishop Show, among others.

Since that time, he has fronted his own trio, worked as a solo pianist in every major Las Vegas hotel, and toured with Wayne Newton and his orchestra in the late 1990’s. When not actively performing he teaches music and piano, and is a member of his church’s worship team.
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Instruments & Performance

Bill Aikins - Blonde On Blonde album art Bob Dylan Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde (Album) Columbia UK 1966 Sell This Version
1937 Bill Aikins - Commitment album art Bob Darin* Bob Darin* - Commitment(LP, Album, Promo) Direction (4) 1937 US 1969 Sell This Version
VMI-1695 Bill Aikins - To Be Free And 18 album art Sandi Scott Sandi Scott - To Be Free And 18(LP) Vegas Music International VMI-1695 US 1971 Sell This Version
ST-11137 Bill Aikins - Cross-Country album art Toni* & Terry* Toni* & Terry* - Cross-Country(LP, Album, Los) Capitol Records ST-11137 US 1973 Sell This Version
ABCD-960 Bill Aikins - Hymn To The Seeker album art Mac Gayden & Skyboat (2) Mac Gayden & Skyboat (2) - Hymn To The Seeker(LP, Album) ABC Records ABCD-960 US 1976 Sell This Version
NTD-6509-2 Bill Aikins - Live At The Desert Inn album art Bobby Darin Bobby Darin - Live At The Desert Inn(CD, Album, RE, RM) Neon Tonic Records NTD-6509-2 US 2005 Sell This Version
Bill Aikins - The Original Mono Recordings album art Bob Dylan Visions Of Johanna (as Bill Aitken) Bob Dylan - The Original Mono Recordings (Album) Columbia Japan 2010 Sell This Version
88697761051 Bill Aikins - The Original Mono Recordings / The Witmark Demos 1962-1964 Bootleg Series Vol.9 album art Bob Dylan Visions Of Johanna (as Bill Aitken) Bob Dylan - The Original Mono Recordings / The Witmark Demos 1962-1964 Bootleg Series Vol.9(M/Stick, MP3, Mono, Promo, RM, Pro + 2xBox, Comp) Columbia 88697761051 Europe 2010 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

45-1252 Bill Aikins - My Sailor Boy / Pretend You're Still Mine album art The Zippers (5) Pretend You're Still Mine The Zippers (5) - My Sailor Boy / Pretend You're Still Mine(7", Mono, Promo, TYP) Hickory Records 45-1252 US 1964 Sell This Version
EG 37649 Bill Aikins - Okeh Rhythm & Blues album art Various Pretend You're Still Mine (as B. Aikins) Various - Okeh Rhythm & Blues(2xLP, Album, Comp) Epic EG 37649 US 1982 Sell This Version