Here are some of Bill's all-time favorite bands. This is 100% great music that you can often hear featured on the Radio Factor. We've provided links for you to sample those you haven't heard before.
Smooth, adult R&B. Contains "Here and Now," which broke Vandross through to the pop Top Ten long after most people had given up hope that he'd ever cross over
Earth Wind & Fire
Groovy 70s Funk. The singles gathered here constitute some of the richest, most sophisticated music the funk movement ever produced; when the absolute cream of the group's catalog is heard in such a concentrated fashion, the effect is dazzling.
Tower of Power
70s funk from the San Francisco Bay Area. "What Is Hip?" was the biggest single they ever had, but they also had several other smaller hits that captured their sleek, stylized soul-funk quite well, such as "Soul Vaccination."
British blues. This compilation successfully distills Cocker's highlights, including the splendid "When the Night Comes," onto a single CD.
Classic easy rocking Southern California hits. The tunes are melodic, and the arrangements -- full of strummed acoustic guitars over a rock rhythm section often playing a shuffle beat, topped by tenor-dominated harmonies -- are immediately engaging.
The Rolling Stones
The Devil's answer to The Beatles? For Stones fans, Forty Licks is about as good as it gets -- and thanks to the variety and punch within, even the casual listener will be left wanting another spin at its end.
Psychedelic sixties sexuality. A well-chosen, 19-track compilation balancing the radio hits with the longer, more complex song poems.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Rock's best barbershop quartet. One of the most hotly awaited second albums in history -- right up there with those by the Beatles and the Band -- Déjà Vu lived up to its expectations and rose to number one on the charts.
Hall and Oates
70s & 80s pop. With their roots firmly planted in the Philly soul tradition of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff (Teddy Pendergrass, the O'Jays), Hall and Oates transcended racial and chart boundaries with synth-funk-drenched jams such as the irrepressible "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," which spent time atop both the pop and R&B charts.
What more needs to be said? Beatles 1 is the first single-disc collection that spans every facet of the Fab Four's career, from Merseybeat mavens to punchy rockers to masters of nuanced pop-craft. The 27 chart-topping hits presented herein leave little doubt about why Beatlemania gripped the world in the '60s, beginning with the band's first stateside hit, "Love Me Do," and carrying on through scream-inducing hits such as "Can't Buy Me Love" and "A Hard Day's Night."
The King (and original crossover success). While the title implies it's merely a plain-old "best of," Elvis 30 #1 Hits goes a lot further -- particularly as regards the sound quality, boosted by careful tweaking of original master tapes so that even much-heard favorites like "Don't Be Cruel" and "All Shook Up" leap from the speakers with increased zest.
Old Blue Eyes. The Very Best of Frank Sinatra is ideal, since it contains all of the true essentials he recorded during the '60s and '70s, including "Summer Wind," "Strangers in the Night," "My Way," "It Was a Very Good Year," and "Theme From New York, New York."
Bill's #1 song
"Rainy Night in Georgia" by Brook Benton
A classic R&B ballad. 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Brook Benton gathers a dozen of the singer/songwriter's greatest hits, including "It's Just a Matter of Time," "Fools Rush In," "The Boll Weevil Song," and his duets with Dinah Washington, "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)" and "A Rockin' Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)."