Sang the hit "Just the Two of Us" for soul-jazz saxophonist Grover Washington Jr.
Performed in Zaire alongside James Brown, Etta James and B.B. King prior to the Foreman-Ali "Rumble in the Jungle" fight.
Second album Still Bill features hits "Use Me" and "Lean On Me"
Debut album Just As I Am is released, featuring the singles "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Grandma's Hands."
Youngest of 13 children.
Worked on assembly lines in factories around Los Angeles during the early days of his career, leaving only after the success of his debut album.