Bill has been writing and playing music in bands and on his own for just about as long as he can remember. He began joining rock bands in the mid 1970s as a teen in Pennsylvania. With the power pop/punk quartet Tina Peel (listen to their teen anthem Pajama Party here), he played under the stage name Rowdy Doody on various EPs and other live compilation recordings – including Pajama Party, More Than Good Looks, 60 Seconds Over DC – before moving to Texas and then California, where he played the club scene as a solo artist and later in a band Bill formed with collaborator and guitar whiz Wayne Ditzel (formerly of the Readymades, more about them here).
Bill’s first full-length CD – Eskimo in the Sun (available here for listening and free download) – was released in 1995 with the help of Wayne on lead guitar, David Fox on bass, and Dave Dewey on drums. Marvin McFadden, of Huey Lewis and News, played trumpet on Dance Hall Girls, and Dave Wellhausen engineered and co-produced the recordings at his Wellhausen Studios in San Francisco.
In 2012 Bill started fleshing out songs for a new album. That collection, christened Last Night at the Ha-Ra, is being recorded with Vivid Stage Productions, a group Bill founded with Russell Cottier (production), David Dower (keys and musical direction), and Jon Fellowes (guitars). Studio sessions include La Buissonne (Provence), Parr Street (Liverpool), and Megasonic (San Francisco area). Numerous invited guests are contributing, including Pete Thomas (drummer for Elvis Costello), Daniel Mille (French accordion master), Mariachi Neuva Generacion (of San Francisco), Bill’s longtime collaborator Wayne Ditzel, and others. The Last Night release is expected for mid-2018. A firm date will be coming soon.