born on 12/3/1949 in Waco, TX, United States
Alias Bill Payne
William "Bill" Payne (born March 12, 1949, Waco, Texas, USA) co-founded, with Lowell George, the American rock band Little Feat. He is considered by many other piano rock musicians, including Elton John, to be one of the finest American piano rock and blues music artists. In addition to his trademark barrelhouse blues piano, he is noted for his work on other keyboard instruments, particularly the Hammond B3 organ. Payne is also an accomplished songwriter whose credits include co-writing, with Lowell George, the Little Feat classic, "Oh, Atlanta."
Payne has worked and recorded with other musicians including J. J. Cale, Doobie Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Bryan Adams, Pink Floyd, Bob Seger, Toto, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Helen Watson, Stevie Nicks, Shocking Edison, Robert Palmer and Stephen Bruton. He was a guest performer on Bonnie Raitt's album Sweet Forgiveness in 1977, and wrote its track, "Takin' My Time."
Paul Barrere and Bill Payne played several live concerts with Phil Lesh and Friends, from 10/21/99 to 10/31/99, on 3/10/00, and from 6/21/00 to 7/30/00.
Following the death of Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward on August 12, 2010, Payne is the only member of the group from the original four-piece line-up currently playing in the band.
Payne was a pioneer in the development of online music communities. In the early 1990s, he contacted his fan base and enlisted the help of friend Jay Herbst to develop the Little Feat Grass-roots Movement. This model went on to be a template for many bands in the creation of their Street Teams, which enlist the help of fans for purposes of music and concert promotion. This method has proven to be an effective vehicle for bringing bands and fans closer together, and forging friendships between them.
Payne is now also works as a commercial photographer.
Payne wrote or co-wrote many of the songs in Little Feat's catalogue, including the following:
- "Snakes on Everything"
- "Strawberry Flats"
- "Truck-Stop Girl"
- "Brides of Jesus"
- "Tripe Face Boogie"
- "Got No Shadow"
- "Oh, Atlanta"
- "Time Loves a Hero"
- "Takin' My Time"
- Cielo Norte (2005)
- Skelly, Richard. [Bill Payne at All Music Guide Biography: Bill Payne]. Allmusic. Retrieved on 26 April 2010.
- Interview: Little Feat's Bill Payne. Retrieved on 18 May 2010.
- Bill Payne website
- Bill Payne Discography
- Little Feat website
- Something Wild (1966)
- Certain Fury O.S.T. (1985)
- Shocking Edison Website
Paul Barrere ·
Richie Hayward ·
Kenny Gradney ·
Bill Payne ·
Sam Clayton ·
Lowell George · Roy Estrada · Craig Fuller
Little Feat ·Sailin' Shoes · Dixie Chicken · Feats Don't Fail Me Now · The Last Record Album · Time Loves a Hero · Down on the Farm · Let It Roll · Representing the Mambo · Shake Me Up · Ain't Had Enough Fun · Under the Radar · Chinese Work Songs · Kickin' It at the Barn
Waiting for Columbus ·Live from Neon Park · Extended Versions · Late Night Truck Stop · Live at the Rams Head · Down upon the Suwannee River · Highwire Act Live in St. Louis 2003 · Barnstormin' Live · Rocky Mountain Jam
Hoy-Hoy! ·As Time Goes By: The Very Best of Little Feat · Hotcakes & Outtakes: 30 Years Of Little Feat · Ripe Tomatos · The Essentials · The Best of Little Feat
Rockpalast Live ·High Wire Act Live In St. Louis 2003 · Little Feat & Friends in Jamaica - Burgers & Paradise
|The Doobie Brothers|
Michael Hossack · Tom Johnston · John McFee · Patrick Simmons|
Michael McDonald · Tiran Porter · Dave Shogren · Willie Weeks · Chet McCracken · Bobby LaKind · Keith Knudsen · John Hartman · Cornelius Bumpus · Jeff "Skunk" Baxter
Guy Allison · Marc Russo · Skylark · Ed Toth
Richard Bryant · Bernie Chiaravalle · John Cowan · Jimi Fox · M. B. Gordy · Danny Hull · Dale Ockerman · Bill Payne
|Studio albums||The Doobie Brothers · Toulouse Street · The Captain and Me · What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits · Stampede · Takin' It to the Streets · Livin' on the Fault Line · Minute by Minute · One Step Closer · Cycles · Brotherhood · Sibling Rivalry · On Our Way Up|
|Live albums||Farewell Tour · Rockin' down the Highway: The Wildlife Concert · Best of the Doobie Brothers Live · Live at Wolf Trap|
|Compilations||Best of The Doobies · Best of The Doobies, Vol. 2 · Listen to the Music: The Very Best of The Doobie Brothers · Long Train Runnin': 1970-2000 · Greatest Hits · Doobie's Choice · Divided Highway · The Very Best of The Doobie Brothers|
|Singles||"Jesus Is Just Alright" · "Long Train Runnin'" · "China Grove" · "Black Water" · "Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)" · "What a Fool Believes"|