Bill Cantrell

Real Name:
William E. Cantrell
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Mar. 19, 1921 - Mar. 7, 2000. Sun musician, songwriter and co-founder, producer and Chief Engineer of Hi Recording Corporation.

Mr. Cantrell had a long, largely behind-the-scenes role in Memphis music. He played fiddle in the mid-'40s for the Blue Seal Pals, inductees in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, playing broadcasts on WSM Radio and live shows with Cowboy Copas and Opry comedians Minnie Pearl and Rod Brasfield. Later, Cantrell moved to Memphis , where he teamed with his Blue Seal Pals partner, guitarist Quinton Claunch to write "Daydreamin'", a regional 1954 hit on Meteor for Bud Deckelman that was also covered by Cajun country artist Jimmy C. Newman and Wanda Jackson. Based on the song's success, Mr. Cantrell and Claunch were hired by Sun Records owner Sam Phillips. Perhaps the team's greatest moment at Sun was writing and playing on "I've Been Deceived", Charlie Feathers's 1955 debut for Sun subsidiary Flip Records. Another Sun side that Cantrell and Claunch co-wrote was Sure to Fall, a Carl Perkins number later covered by the Beatles and, in 1981, Ringo Starr. In 1957, Mr. Cantrell co-founded Hi Records - future home of soul legend Al Green - with Claunch and Sun singer Ray Harris. For his musical accomplishments, Cantrell earned a Memphis Music Pioneer Award.
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Bill Cantrell Discography Tracks

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HIC 24001 Bill Cantrell - Taylor Made: The Soul Fiddle Of Merle "Red" Taylor album art Merle "Red" Taylor Merle "Red" Taylor - Taylor Made: The Soul Fiddle Of Merle "Red" Taylor(LP, Album) Hi Records HIC 24001 US 1975 Sell This Version
H-77505 Bill Cantrell - Belle album art Al Green Al Green - Belle(7", Single, Mono, Promo) Hi Records H-77505 US 1977 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Bill Cantrell - Rocking Guitarman album art Carl Perkins Carl Perkins - Rocking Guitarman (Comp) Charly Records, Charly Records France 1974 Sell This Version
Bill Cantrell - The Sun Story Vol. 3 album art Carl Perkins Let The Juke Box Keep On Playing and 1 more… Carl Perkins - The Sun Story Vol. 3 (Comp) Bellaphon US 1977 Sell This Version
Bill Cantrell - Sun: The Roots Of Rock: Volume 10: Sun Country album art Various Peepin' Eyes and 1 more… Various - Sun: The Roots Of Rock: Volume 10: Sun Country (Comp) Charly Records Italy 1977 Sell This Version
Bill Cantrell - Rockabilly's Main Man album art Charlie Feathers I've Been Deceived and 3 more… Charlie Feathers - Rockabilly's Main Man (Comp) Charly Records UK 1979 Sell This Version
Bill Cantrell - The Original Carl Perkins album art Carl Perkins Carl Perkins - The Original Carl Perkins (Comp) Zafiro Spain 1986 Sell This Version
Bill Cantrell - Samba De Janeiro album art Felizia Felizia - Samba De Janeiro (Maxi) DanceNet Australia & New Zealand 1997 Sell This Version
Rev 209 Bill Cantrell - Get With It: Essential Recordings (1954-69) album art Charlie Feathers Charlie Feathers - Get With It: Essential Recordings (1954-69)(2xCD, Comp) Revenant Rev 209 US 1998 Sell This Version
003 Bill Cantrell - For People Who Are Not Ashamed Of Hillbilly Music album art Charlie Feathers Charlie Feathers - For People Who Are Not Ashamed Of Hillbilly Music(LP, Comp, Unofficial) Pirat Record 003 Sweden Unknown Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

Bill Cantrell - I've Been Deceived / Peepin' Eyes album art Charlie Feathers I've Been Deceived (as B. Cantrell) Charlie Feathers - I've Been Deceived / Peepin' Eyes (Single) Flip Records Inc. US 1955 Sell This Version
61364 Bill Cantrell - Daydreamin' / The Texas Special album art Doug Bragg* Daydreamin' (as Cantrell) Doug Bragg* - Daydreamin' / The Texas Special(Shellac, 10") Coral 61364 US 1955 Sell This Version
Bill Cantrell - Ten Cats Down / Finders Keepers album art Miller Sisters Miller Sisters - Ten Cats Down / Finders Keepers Sun (9) US 1956 Sell This Version
231 Bill Cantrell - Defrost Your Heart / A Wedding Gown Of White album art Charlie Feathers Charlie Feathers - Defrost Your Heart / A Wedding Gown Of White(7", Single) Sun (9) 231 US 1956 Sell This Version
45-15560 Bill Cantrell - I'm Serious album art The Hilltoppers I'm Serious (as Cantrell) The Hilltoppers - I'm Serious(7", Single) Dot Records 45-15560 US 1957 Sell This Version
Bill Cantrell - I'm Serious / If You Loved Me album art Bobby Chandler And His Stardusters I'm Serious (as Cantrell) Bobby Chandler And His Stardusters - I'm Serious / If You Loved Me OJ Records US 1957 Sell This Version
Bill Cantrell - Wanda Jackson album art Wanda Jackson Day Dreaming (as Cantrell) Wanda Jackson - Wanda Jackson (Album) Capitol Records Canada 1958 Sell This Version
45-HL-1379 Bill Cantrell - You Are My Sunshine album art Carl McVoy Tootsie (as Cantrell) Carl McVoy - You Are My Sunshine(7", Single) London Records 45-HL-1379 Australia 1958 Sell This Version
45-2002 Bill Cantrell - Daydreamin' / Little John's Gone album art Carl McVoy Daydreamin' (as Cantrell) and 1 more… Carl McVoy - Daydreamin' / Little John's Gone(7", Single) Hi Records 45-2002 US 1958 Sell This Version
501 Bill Cantrell - Love Is My Business / Easy Goin' Guy album art Cliff Gleaves Love Is My Business (as Cantrell) Cliff Gleaves - Love Is My Business / Easy Goin' Guy(7") Summer (3) 501 US 1959 Sell This Version
101 Bill Cantrell - Dinky John / South Of Chicago album art Charlie Morgan (6) South Of Chicago (as Cantrell) Charlie Morgan (6) - Dinky John / South Of Chicago(7", Single) Walmay 101 US 1960 Sell This Version
45-2062-V Bill Cantrell - My Lifetime Loving You album art Benny Martin My Lifetime Loving You (as W. Cantrell) Benny Martin - My Lifetime Loving You(7", Promo) Hi Records 45-2062-V US 1963 Sell This Version
Bill Cantrell - Day Dreamin' / Angel Of My Dream album art Norm West* Day Dreamin' (as Cantrell) Norm West* - Day Dreamin' / Angel Of My Dream Hi Records US 1964 Sell This Version
Bill Cantrell - First And Fourmost album art The Fourmost Sure To Fall (In Love With You) (as Cantrell) The Fourmost - First And Fourmost (Album) Parlophone UK 1965 Sell This Version
R 5261 Bill Cantrell - Guess Things Happen That Way album art Earl Royce And The Olympics Sure To Fall (In Love With You) (as Cantrell) Earl Royce And The Olympics - Guess Things Happen That Way(7", Single) Parlophone R 5261 UK 1965 Sell This Version