Bill Henderson (Canadian singer)

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Bill Henderson
Bill Henderson from Chilliwack.jpg
Background information
Born (1944-11-06) November 6, 1944 (age 72)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1966–present
Labels Solid Gold, CBS
Associated acts Chilliwack, The Collectors
Notable instruments
Gibson Flying V, Gibson SG

William Allen "Bill" Henderson (born November 6, 1944) is a Canadian singer/songwriter and music producer. Henderson is best known for his work as lead singer and guitarist with the group Chilliwack in the 1970s and 1980s,[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Henderson was born in Vancouver, British Columbia.


As a young man, Henderson performed as a guitarist in the Panorama Trio at the Vancouver Hilton Hotel's Panorama Roof restaurant. He then helped form the psychedelic rock group The Collectors.[3][4]

After The Collectors disbanded, Henderson and other former Collectors formed the band Chilliwack. The group played together for more than 30 years, and produced the hits "Lonesome Mary", "California Girl", and "My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)". He is also part of the folk music supergroup UHF.[5]

As well as performing, Henderson has produced many recordings; he won the 1983 Juno Award for "Producer of the Year", with Brian MacLeod. He also won a Genie Award for best original song in a movie ("When I Sing", from Bye Bye Blues), and was musical director for the Canadian edition of Sesame Street from 1989 to 1995. Henderson was a founding inductee to the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame in 1994.

Henderson has served as director of the Canadian Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and as president of the Songwriters Association of Canada.[6] In 2014 he was awarded the Special Achievement Award by SOCAN at the 2014 SOCAN Awards in Toronto.[7]

Henderson was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2015.[8][9]

In 2016, Henderson continues to tour Canada as a solo musician[6] and to perform with Chilliwack.[10]


Henderson's daughter Camille Henderson is a singer; she was a member in the early 1990s of the pop trio West End Girls, and has appeared as a guest vocalist on albums by Sarah McLachlan and Delerium. Another daughter, Saffron Henderson is a singer and voice actor.


The Collectors[edit]




  1. ^ James H. Marsh (1999). The Canadian Encyclopedia. The Canadian Encyclopedia. pp. 458–. ISBN 978-0-7710-2099-5. 
  2. ^ "Henderson, Chilliwack still going strong after 40 years". Estevan Mercury, October 5, 2011
  3. ^ Ed Gould (1988). Entertaining Canadians: Canada's international stars, 1900-1988. Cappis Press. pp. 48–49. ISBN 978-0-919763-18-0. 
  4. ^ Norm N. Nite (1 September 1985). Rock on: the illustrated encyclopedia of rock n' roll : the video revolution, 1978-present. Harper & Row. p. 68. ISBN 978-0-06-181644-4. 
  5. ^ "Living his passion for music". Penticton Western News. By STEVE KIDD April 5, 2011
  6. ^ a b "Generations of rock with Chilliwack". Dale Boyd - Penticton Western News, July 21, 2016
  7. ^ 2014 SOCAN Awards. SOCAN website.
  8. ^ "Four Nova Scotians among Order of Canada honourees". The Chronicle-Herald, July 1, 2015.
  9. ^ "24 Minutes with Bill Henderson". Peterborough Examiner, By Joe Leary. January 19, 2017.
  10. ^ "Chilliwack rocks during Nanaimo Bathtub Weekend Launch Party". Melissa Fryer - Nanaimo News Bulletin, Jul 14, 2016

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