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Bill Blissett (Keyboards & Vocals)

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Originally from London UK, Bill started playing bass in the 1960s with a local band, then switched to keyboards and joined then-popular London band “Blues by Five”. Signing with Decca records they released a version of John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom Boom” and several other songs which all entered the British Charts. They toured the UK and overseas with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Manfred Mann, The Hollies, Spencer Davis & Steve Winwood, and many more.

In the late 60s Bill came to Australia and settled in Melbourne. He joined a well-known local band there called Compact who had a few local hits and appeared on TV music shows frequently.

Then he came to Perth and joined the “Troupadores” a well-loved showband throughout Australia. They toured tirelessly and performed a number of times in Singapore, Hong Kong and other parts of Asia.

After the demise of the ‘Troups’, Bill went to work in the record industry for 10 years first for Festival Records then for CBS Records in Brisbane. On his return to Perth he got back into playing again - first with a reformed “Troupadores”, then “Powershift” featuring Michael Vdelli, Ric Whittle and Gerard Maunick with whom he recorded a live CD which sold very well in Perth.

Jeff St. John was Bill’s next project. Jeff came to live in Perth and formed a new band called The Embers. They released an album which took off and they toured Germany. Unfortunately, Jeff’s health deteriorated and he was forced to retire from full-time live performing.

Bill then went on to playing with many local (mostly blues-based) bands in Perth, toured to Singapore with Dave Hole and played several tours with Eugene Hideaway Bridges.

Bill joined a local blues boogie band ‘On the level’ with Dave Gillam and recorded 3 CDs. He is constantly in demand as a keyboard player/vocalist for pick=up bands and special events. Now he has his own band and is looking forward to performing a wide range of favourite blues, gospel and blues-rock music.

Influences:

  • Ray Charles
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Delbert McClinton
  • Soul and (‘real/old’) R&B music

 

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