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Bill Black

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Musician

The Resume

    (September 17, 1926-October 21, 1965)
    Born in Memphis, Tennessee
    Bassist for Elvis Presley (1954-58)
    Formed the Bill Black Combo
    Recorded the singles 'Smokie, Pts. 1 and 2' (1959), 'White Silver Sands' (1960), 'Don't Be Cruel' (1961), 'Blue Tango' (1961) and 'Twist Her' (1962)
    Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a sideman (2009)

Why he might be annoying:

    He began playing in bars at age 16.
    After first meeting Elvis, he said 'He sure didn't impress me much.'
    He clowned around on stage a lot until Colonel Parker told him to stop upstaging Elvis.
    He sent five different versions of his combo touring different regions of the country simultaneously (1963).

Why he might not be annoying:

    He left Elvis because he was being paid only $200 a week as Elvis shot to superstardom.
    He was one of the first musicians to use the Fender Precision bass.
    His songs 'Smokie, Part 2' and 'White Silver Sands' topped the R&B charts.
    He died from a brain tumor at age 39.

Credit: C. Fishel


Featured in the following Annoying Collections:

Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 12 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 12 Votes: 58.33% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 4 Votes: 75.00% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 2 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 5 Votes: 20.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 17 Votes: 23.53% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 20 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 16 Votes: 18.75% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 16 Votes: 37.50% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 11 Votes: 54.55% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 29 Votes: 31.03% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 21 Votes: 42.86% Annoying