William (Chilly Bill) Rankin.Singer,Song Writer, Actor Dj, & Producer. International Entertainer.
William (Chilly Bill) Rankin.Singer,Song Writer, Actor Dj, & Producer. International Entertainer.Early life, I was an artist and a dancer. I've been able to draw, paint, design and fabricate anything that I imagine in my mind. Whether it's with pencil,charcoal, pastel,clay, cloth, wire or just material that pops into my head. I have always been an athlete, I was great in all sports and game's.I started my singing career in Church and then into a singing group. Which was the pride of the neighborhood. We was really great.
The mentality of the Memphis music society, was so shady, it punched holes in our determination to succeed.The war in Vietnam came and the draft was going on. One of our singers was drafted, so we kind of went our separate ways. I joined the Army, and moved to Texas. I was Trusted with the Whole Recreation department of West Fort Hood.Where I Ran, until my Term was up.
I MOVE TO AUSTIN TEXAS AND STARTED WRITING AND SINGING IN THE STUDIO WITH DIFFERENT ARTISTS.WHILE ATTENDING COLLEGE. THEN I BECAME THE FIRST BLACK PERSON TO DO KARAOKE. I MOVE BACK TO MEMPHIS AND BECAME THE FIRST BLACK PERSON TO DO KARAOKE.
I STARTED TRAINING DJ'S ,SO I COULD EXPAND MY BUSINESS. ALSO RECORDING SONGS WITH LOTS OF ARTISTS. I BECAME THE HOOK MASTER.I STARTED UP SO MANY CLUBS THAT I WAS WELL KNOWN ALL OVER MEMPHIS. KNOWN AS THE HARDEST WORKING MAN IN THE BUSINESS. I STARTED SINGING WITH ONE OF MY BROTHER'S ,FROM MY OLD GROUP AND WE WOULD WIN ALL THE SINGING TALENT SHOWS IN TOWN.
I STARTED SINGING WITH MY PERSONAL FRIENDS WHO NEEDED ME SUCH AS LEGENDARY MS TONI GREEN.
I DONE A LOT OF TV SHOWS AND EVENTS WITH HER. I WAS INVITED TO SING IN ITALY, AT THE PORRETTA SOUL FESTIVAL. I THEN WAS ASKED TO JOIN THE LEGENDARY GROUP, THE MAD LADS FROM STAX'S RECORD'S.
WE DONE SEVERAL MAJOR EVENTS THEN I GOT MY OWN BAND,AND RECORDED A SONG WITH IT. I WAS STILL DOING FESTIVAL'S FOR MY FRIENDS SUCH A THE HELEN KELLER FESTIVAL IN ALABAMA. I HAVE BEEN ENTERTAINING AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER.
IVE ALWAYS HAD RECORDING EQUIPMENT. EXPERIMENTING WITH SOUND. I PURCHASED A RECORDING STUDIO AND STARTED MY OWN LABEL. THE CHILL FACTOR.
I AM NOW TRYING TO GET INTO PROMOTION. IM CURRENTLY, IN DEMAND. I'VE BEEN IN VIDEOS, AND MOVIES. IM PRESENTLY TRYING TO PRODUCE A VIDEO OF A SONG CALLED FRESH UP OUT THE SHOWER. WITH MY LITTLE BROTHER ANTONIO (TRIKKY T)DAVIS. IVE GOT LOTS OF PROJECTS THAT ARE IN MOTION. PLEASE STAY TUNED INTO MY PROGRESS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.
Mr. William “Chilly Bill” Rankin can be seen throughout this honorary feature in pictures amongst his peers who are also legendary and most importantly friends! Legends like:
PRESTON SHANNON KING of BEALE street and Anthony Taylor LEGENDARY musician of Stax's, both deceased. Jerry Jones LEGENDARY legend singer of Brother's Unlimited. Mr. Rankins at Stax Recording studio with legendary Gene Mason, who was Ben Cauley Jr manager and also who the first white man to give and support Memphis black artists.
The Barkays, Isaac Hayes, he put the soul children's together, he was Elvis Presley baseball and football team manager. Friends of all the LEGENDARY great. Ambassador of Memphis, with the Elvis Presley Franchise & Memphis Music period .Ben Cauley Jr the only survivor of the airplane crash with Otis Redding. Original Barkays, trumpeter, grammy award winner with Elvis Presley, Doobbie Brothers and Otis Redding and more.
JUDGE BAILEY, MOVIE STAR, AND FAMOUS LAWYER ,GREAT LEADER OF CIVIL RIGHTS. THERE'S BUILDING'S AND MONUMENTS OF HIM. ALL DECEASED. MY BROTHER FRANK AND I. THE BROTHER'S WITH MY 3RD LEGENDARY SINGER COUSIN MS MELVIA (CHICK)ROGER'S AND THE LEGENDARY BLUES SINGER AND FRIEND.
BEN CAULEY JR.,ALSO PLAYED ON EVERYTHING THAT CAME OUT OF STAX'S. ELMO PLAYED ON LOTS OF STAX'S MUSIC AND OTHER STUDIOS AND MEMPHIS. AND A HOST OF OTHER FAMOUS MUSICIANS.
THE GREAT SINGER, SONGWRITER,ACTOR,INTERNATIONAL, WORLD WIDE TONI GREEN, LEGENDARY MELVINO SMITH, ADRIANA DOTSON.
THE LATE GREAT HARVEY SCALES, WHO WROTE DISCO LADY. PORRETTA SOUL FESTIVAL PROMOTER GRAZIANO ULIANI, FABIO ZIVERI,MS TONI GREEN AND I.
IN ITALY, MS CHICK ROGERS AND SILVANO, THE 1ST PORRETTA SOUL FESTIVAL PROMOTER AND I.
THE PORRETTA SOUL FESTIVAL FINALE,WITH ALL OF THE GREATEST STARS IN MUSIC, DENNIS GRAHAM, THE 1ST BLACK DRUMMER WHO PLAYED IN THE JERRY LEE LEWIS BAND ALONG WITH ELVIS PRESLEY. ALSO DRAKE'S DAD, LAWRENCE (BOO)MITCHELL, WILLIE MITCHELL'S GRANDSON AND GRAMMY AWARD WINNING PRODUCER.
Bernal Smith, owner of the tristate defender newspaper. BET Best in Black Awards President, deceased. LEGENDARY Jerry Jones and Bay Ray The Tip Toe Man. Ben Cauley Jr and Sir Mack (Mustang SALLY)Rice deceased. Marvel Thomas, LEGENDARY keyboardist and son of The Great Rufus Thomas. Mr Mitchell The President of the Jus Blues Awards. Senator Joe Towns Who Brought the Holyfield and Tyson Fight Here.Mr. Cook of Cook's Lake's.
Mr Dr. Robert Jamison.Actor,Author,producer And PROMOTER. ALBERT KING JR,SATO RECORD PRODUCER, LEON GRIFFIN TV'S COMMENTARY AND NEWS MAN.JOHN BLACK LEGENDRY GUITAR PLAYER BOO MITCHELL LEGENDARY SINGER CARLA THOMAS AND DAUGHTER OF THE GREAT RUFUS THOMAS.
MR THEODIS EASLEY, THE MAD LADS,ROSE ROYCE, LENNY WILLIAM, GERALD AUSTIN OF THE MANHATTAN, BLOOD STONE,BLUE MAGIC, TAVARES
The book call Soul Memphis Original Sound R&B HALL OF FAME TAWATHA FUTUME ,DENICE WILLIAMS, GREG SMITH, LEGENDARY SINGER TERRY WRIGHT
HOT BUTTER SOUL AWARD,BEN CAULEY JR, LITTLE J BLACK FOOT AND I REPRESENTING THE MAD LADS BOBBY RUSH .THE HONDA CENTER.
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