LITTLE BILL and the BLUENOTES
Northwest legends and Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame members, Little Bill and the Blue Notes
return to the Rockfish featuring the great Dick Powell on harmonica and keyboards, guitar ace, Billy Stapleton, longtime Bluenote sideman, drummer Tommy Morgan and, of course, the legendary Little Bill himself on bass, vocals and big time charisma.
Vocalist and bassist "Little Bill" Engelhart is the founder and front man for the Blue Notes - one of the first Northwest rhythm and blues groups and a contemporary of The Fleetwoods, The Ventures, Sonics and Frantics.
The Blue Notes formed in 1957 with original members Bill Engelhart, Frank Dutra, Buck Ormsbey and Lassie Aanes. They would meet after school in Bill's dads garage to practice. Before long they were drawing crowds on the street outside. To date The Blue Notes (from that era) are the only NW band with an original member still performing on a consistent basis today.
In a career that spans over 40 years , Bill has played nearly every club and concert hall in the Northwest, including such legendary venues as Parkers Ballroom, The Aquarius, The Spanish Castle, and Lake Hills Roller Rink. The band still performs over a hundred shows a year.
"You hear this voice...raw, rough and plain, with a wry twist that comes right out of too many nights on the road, a little like Joe Tex, with some Ray Charles Thrown in, and further back, some kind of sad, low moan from the country." Paul de' Barros - Downbeat Magazine
1959 I Love An Angel - Dolton
1960 Sweet Cucumber - Topaz
1961 Louie Louie - Topaz
1963 Live at the Fiesta - Camelot
1989 Little Bill and the Blue Notes - Moejime
1990 Down for Double - Moejime
1991 Another Rainy Day - Moejime
1992 Shades - Monkey Hat
1994 Live at the Spar - Monkey Hat
1996 Naked Blues - Monkey Hat
1998 One Night Only - Monkey Hat
2009 Live at Grinders - Whale
2011 Best of Little Bill and The Blue Notes - Whale