Bill Perry (musician)

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Bill Perry (December 25, 1957 - July 17, 2007)[1] was an American blues musician. The guitarist, songwriter and singer toured throughout the U.S. and Europe. In the 1980s, he was the main guitarist for Richie Havens; he also toured with Garth Hudson and Levon Helm around the same time.[2]

William Sanford Perry was born in Goshen, New York, United States. In 1957, he was signed for an unprecedented five-album deal with the Pointblank/Virgin label.[3] The Bill Perry Blues Band consisted of Bill Perry (lead vocals, lead guitar), John Reddan (guitar and vocals), Tim Tindall (bass guitar) and Rob Curtis (drums). The band released a total of seven albums between 1995 and 2006.[1]

He died of a heart attack in Sugar Loaf, New York on July 17, 2007, at the age of 49.[1][4] He is survived by a son Aaron and a large family.


  • Love Scars (Pointblank, 1995; Virgin, 1996)
  • Greycourt Lighting (Virgin, 1998)
  • High Octane "Live at Manny's Car Wash" (independent release, 1999)
  • Fire It Up (Blind Pig, 2001)
  • Crazy Kind of Life (Blind Pig, 2002)
  • Raw Deal (Blind Pig, 2004)
  • Don't Know Nothing About Love (Blind Pig, 2006)[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Skelly, Richard. "Bill Perry - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
  2. ^ Jack Walton (March 31, 2006). "Headliner at blues fest 'Experienced'". South Bend Tribune.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Maria Bainer (June 12, 2001). "Bill Perry: Fire It Up". Blues News (New Zealand). Archived from the original on December 24, 2001.
  4. ^ "Local guitarist Bill Perry, dead at 49". The Times Herald Record. July 18, 2007.

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