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William (Chilly Bill) Rankins Is An International Entertainer And Sensational Vocalist

Updated: Nov 25, 2020




 


William (Chilly Bill) Rankin.Singer,Song Writer, Actor Dj, & Producer. International Entertainer.


 

William (Chilly Bill) Rankins ia a Singer, Songwriter, Actor Dj, & Producer, he is also an International entertainer. Early in life, he was an artist and a  dancer. He had able to draw, paint, design and fabricate anything that he imagine in his mind. Whether it's with pencil,charcoal, pastel,clay, cloth, wire or just material that pops into my head. Mr Rankins have always been an athlete, he was great in all sports and game's. He started my singing career in Church and then into a singing group. Which was the pride of the neighborhood.


Chill Bill states, "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. William joined the Army, and moved to Texas. William Rankins says,"I was Trusted with the Whole Recreation department of West Fort Hood.Where I Ran, until my Term was up."



William "Chilly Bill" Rankin says,

"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."



 William has done alot of TV shows and events with Ms. Toni Green. IHe was invited to sing in Italy, at the Porretta Soul Festival. Later, Me Rankins was asked to join the Legendary Group, "The Mad Lads" from Stax Records.


 

 They have done several major events until he decided to firm his own band. William continued to perform at music festivals for his friends like "The Helen Keller Festival"in Alabama.


Mr. Rankins says,"I HAVE BEEN ENTERTAINING  AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER. I'VE ALWAYS HAD RECORDING EQUIPMENT. EXPERIMENTING WITH SOUND.

I PURCHASED A RECORDING STUDIO AND STARTED MY OWN LABEL. THE CHILL FACTOR."


 

 Chilly Bill says,"I am now trying to get into promotions and I am currently in demand, from movies,, music videos and is in production for my latest music video.

The song is called,"FRESH UP OUT THE SHOWER". The song features Antonio Davis also know as "Trikky T".


 

 William Rankins can be seen and heard with 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.


 

MR CHESTER (MEMPHIS GOLD)CHANDLER. THESE ARE WORLD WIDE INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINER SOUL STAR RNTERTAINER AND CEO,DONALD (TEFLON DON)ASKEW. The Powerful Adam Hornburge! Who's IS THE MAN OVER THE PLAY HOUSE ON THE SQUARE AND SO MUCH MORE. SOME OF THE GREATEST MUSICIANS EVER, IN THIS BAND, ELMO AND THE SHADE, FT JAMES BROWN DRUMMER,HUBERT CRAWFORD. FUNKADELIC PARLIAMENT GUITAR PLAYER, HAROLD BEANS,SAXOPHONE PLAYER, TOMMY LEE PLAYED ON EVERY THING THAT CAME OUT OF STAX'S.

 

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 is and 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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