William Bell, as critic Clive Anderson observed, "preceded [Otis Redding] as one of the first and best exponents of the soul singer’s art at Stax." The Memphis native, in collaboration with Booker T. Jones, penned "Private Number" with Redding and Carla Thomas in mind. Due to the Big O’s tragic death, Bell ended up recording it himself, in duet with former gospel singer Judy Clay. Contained in this William Bell duet compilation is that 1968 hit, along with three additional duets with Clay, three with Thomas, three with Mavis Staples, and three by Bell alone, including a moving reading of the old Jerry Butler hit, "Lonely Soldier."
Let Me Ride, Lonely Soldier, Get It While It's Hott
with Judy Clay: Love-Eye-Tis, Left Over Love, Private Number, My Baby Specializes
with Mavis Staples: Love's Sweet Sensation, Strung Out, Leave the Girl Alone
with Carla Thomas: I Need You Woman, I Can't Stop, All I Have to Do Is Dream