Bill Cantrell

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

Remix

HIC 24001 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 Al Green Al Green - Belle(7", Single, Mono) Hi Records H-77505 US 1977 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Carl Perkins Carl Perkins - Rocking Guitarman (Comp) Charly Records, Charly Records France 1974 Sell This Version
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
Various Peepin' Eyes and 1 more… Various - Sun: The Roots Of Rock: Volume 10: Sun Country (Comp) Charly Records Italy 1977 Sell This Version
CR 30161 Charlie Feathers I've Been Deceived and 3 more… Charlie Feathers - Rockabilly's Main Man(LP, Comp) Charly Records CR 30161 UK 1979 Sell This Version
Carl Perkins Carl Perkins - The Original Carl Perkins (Comp) Zafiro Spain 1986 Sell This Version
Felizia Felizia - Samba De Janeiro (Maxi) DanceNet Australia & New Zealand 1997 Sell This Version
Rev 209 Charlie Feathers Charlie Feathers - Get With It: Essential Recordings (1954-69)(2xCD, Comp) Revenant Rev 209 US 1998 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

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 Doug Bragg* Daydreamin' (as Cantrell) Doug Bragg* - Daydreamin' / The Texas Special(Shellac, 10") Coral 61364 US 1955 Sell This Version
Miller Sisters Miller Sisters - Ten Cats Down / Finders Keepers (Single) Sun (9) US 1956 Sell This Version
231 Charlie Feathers Charlie Feathers - Defrost Your Heart / A Wedding Gown Of White(7", Single) Sun (9) 231 US 1956 Sell This Version
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
45-15560 The Hilltoppers I'm Serious (as Cantrell) The Hilltoppers - I'm Serious(7", Single) Dot Records 45-15560 US 1957 Sell This Version
45-HL-1379 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 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 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
Wanda Jackson Day Dreaming (as Cantrell) Wanda Jackson - Wanda Jackson (Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records US 1962 Sell This Version
45-2062-V 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
45-2073-V Norm West* Day Dreamin' (as Cantrell) Norm West* - Day Dreamin' / Angel Of My Dream(7", Promo) Hi Records 45-2073-V US 1964 Sell This Version
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 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
Johnny Wright (2) Drinking Beer And Shedding Tears (as William E. Cantrell) Johnny Wright (2) - Country... The Wright Way (Album) Decca US 1967 Sell This Version
Carl Perkins And NRBQ Sure To Fall (In Love With You) (as W. Cantrell) Carl Perkins And NRBQ - Boppin' The Blues (Album) Columbia UK 1970 Sell This Version