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  posted on 7/9/2008 at 08:53 PM
I have alot of pics. He was very loved here and I'm sure alot of people have pics and stories, so I figured I would start this thread for all of us to share. My favorite memories of Bill is the first time I met him, Bill, PastDreams (Liz Lagrua) and I all carpooled to Wanee and we had Beatles trivia. Bill kicked our asses Bill also took the time at one of my shows to show me the chords to "Till there was you" by the Beatles, which I believe he told me was one of his favorite songs. I, and this whole damn family loves you Bill. You will be sorely missed. The road goes on forever.
















 

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  posted on 7/9/2008 at 09:12 PM
My "Bill story" is nowhere near as cool as that one, Tony.

Before ... one of the Jams For Duane, a bunch of us had dinner at the restaurant in the Cultural Arts Center. I had the extreme good fortune of sitting next to Bill at one end of the table. We chatted mostly about shared hobbies and experiences - mainly high school sports and music.

The subject of guitar players came up and Bill told me that his favorite guitar player of all time was Chet Atkins. I am a HUGE Chet fan, so we chatted Chet for quite a while.

About 10 months later, I found a worn copy of Chet Atkin's autobiography in a library book sale. Of course I read it first, but them packaged it up and sent it to Bill c/o HTN. About a month later it was Jam For Duane time again. I walked into the 2nd Street Music Hall and found Bill reading the book that I sent him. I snuck up beheind him and said, "looks like a pretty good book".

Of course I received the obligatory Bill Ector hug and smile. Whenever I saw Bill after that, he'd always mention the Chet book.

 

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  posted on 7/9/2008 at 09:46 PM
Tony, your CD release party was a great time. I hadn't seen those pictures before. Thanks for posting them.

I've posted a lot of my favorite pics of Bill in the Willie Howard thread, but here are some that speak volumes about the man, the friendships built and time spent together in the time I knew him.

Wanee 2005




Savannah May 2005


Wanee 2006




ABB ATL 8-20-06 Pre show


GABBAfest 2006






Beacon 3-31-07


Wanee 2007




Charlotte 8-10-07




GABBAfest 2007


Jam For Duane 2007




I'm grateful to have known Bill and spent quality time with him enjoying the things we had in common...our love for life and the music of The Allman Brothers.

 

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  posted on 7/9/2008 at 10:16 PM
Those are great pictures Dave. Since Blill really down played his talent, because that was the humble guy he was, alot of people don't know how great of a musician he was when he really streched out and played lead. I learn alot about playing from that man.

 

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  posted on 7/9/2008 at 10:27 PM
There were birds in the sky
but I never saw then winging
No I never saw them at all
Til there was you

There were bells
On a hill
but I never heard them ringing
No i never heard them at all
til there was you

Dear Tony, Dear Bill - a car ride I shall never, ever forget.

Quick, what was the original name of the Beatles movie "Help"?
Yeah, I know, we ALL knew the answer!!!!!

[Edited on 8/8/2008 by Pastdreams]

 

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  posted on 7/9/2008 at 10:42 PM
So many stories, so many memories. When my head is in a better place, I'll put some down.

I was thinking today about how I first met Bill, the grown up man, at Derek's first Atlanta show in Buckhead in February 1991. I think I have the year right. But little did I realize Bill and I had crossed paths some 30 years earlier playing in an elementary shool band concert together. He played trombone, I was in the percussion section. That's one of those stories I'll have to tell later when I can concentrate.

Another thing that came to mind is that before that 1991 meeting, I thought I was the last ABB fan left on earth. Bill made me realize I was not alone. Through my association with Bill, I met so many people that I hold dear in my heart today. If not for Willie Howard I might not have ever met Joe, Vicky, Pat, Ron, Marty, John, Kirk and Kirsten, Russell, Miss Terry, Donald, Greg Henderson, Jackie and Miss Elizabeth, Momma Louise,Skip, Chank, The Doc, Dave Hicks, Mike Farlowe, Hannah, Ben and Betsy........Like the road, the list goes on forever.

Even though I don't get to see and talk to everyone as much as I'd like, know that I think of each and everyone of you often.

I started this brief (?) post so I could share some of my many pictures. Here's a few of my favorites.

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GABBA 1993
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Birmingham Show 199?
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Southern Revival at Mike & Angelo's late '90's
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Happy about the prospects of a steak. 2000

I hope I did the picture download right. It's my first attempt.

God be with you, Bill. You will always be in our hearts, minds and souls.

OK The photo thing didn't work. Somebody help me out and I'll try again.



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  posted on 7/9/2008 at 11:33 PM
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So many stories, so many memories. When my head is in a better place, I'll put some down.

I was thinking today about how I first met Bill, the grown up man, at Derek's first Atlanta show in Buckhead in February 1991. I think I have the year right. But little did I realize Bill and I had crossed paths some 30 years earlier playing in an elementary shool band concert together. He played trombone, I was in the percussion section. That's one of those stories I'll have to tell later when I can concentrate.

Another thing that came to mind is that before that 1991 meeting, I thought I was the last ABB fan left on earth. Bill made me realize I was not alone. Through my association with Bill, I met so many people that I hold dear in my heart today. If not for Willie Howard I might not have ever met Joe, Vicky, Pat, Ron, Marty, John, Kirk and Kirsten, Russell, Miss Terry, Donald, Greg Henderson, Jackie and Miss Elizabeth, Momma Louise,Skip, Chank, The Doc, Dave Hicks, Mike Farlowe, Hannah, Ben and Betsy........Like the road, the list goes on forever.

Even though I don't get to see and talk to everyone as much as I'd like, know that I think of each and everyone of you often.

I started this brief (?) post so I could share some of my many pictures. Here's a few of my favorites.


GABBA 1993

Birmingham Show 199?

Southern Revival at Mike & Angelo's late '90's

Happy about the prospects of a steak. 2000

I hope I did the picture download right. It's my first attempt.

God be with you, Bill. You will always be in our hearts, minds and souls.

OK The photo thing didn't work. Somebody help me out and I'll try again.






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  posted on 7/9/2008 at 11:53 PM
Thanks, Sang. Too bad they came out so grainy. They look better in photobucket.
I'd like to know where I went wrong if you have time to tell me.

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  posted on 7/9/2008 at 11:54 PM
Not sure when I first met Bill, but I have talked to him many times in New York, when I went to GabbaFest in Macon, at the JFD, and at the HTN booth....

He always had that big grin, and made you feel that he was really glad to see you and talk to you - and the best part was that it was genuine.

My favorite story was from JFD last year. Lefty and the band needed to get over to the bar to sit in with the Skydogs. Lefty said 'Don't worry, Bill will give you a ride". So I went over by Bill to wait for him.

So I sat there as Bill talked to Jack Pearson, Jack's wife, and a jazz singer name Karen Gruber - who Jack had played with on a cd. I was a little impatient to get over to the bar, but Bill was in no hurry to leave. Once I figured that out, I got to listen to an amazing conversation about music, mostly from Jack.

It was interesting when Jack said he got emails from people that said that they were trying to play his songs, but couldn't figure out how he had done something. Jack said he responded to them that if they figured it out to let him know - because he didn't know - the spirit just moved him. I really enjoyed that conversation.

We then went outside to Bill's truck, and he had to clear a space for me. He talked all about Karen's cd and how good it was -we were going to listen to some tracks on the way to the bar, but he couldn't find it.

Bill is one who contributed to what is really great about this site - the positive spirit and the great vibe you get when you actually meet the people from this site.

I know I am going to miss him - but I have some great memories and some great pictures of that smile and that spirit - and that's what I will remember.

RIP Bill......

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  posted on 7/10/2008 at 12:42 AM
i am so tired of typing through tears..

but this is a great thread...


I have many stories but this is the first..

macon, ga.

it was a legendary place in my mind..from the time i was 14 , in 1974...the home of this band that i only knew through pictures and sounds...marriage and 4 kids kept me busy through the years. But my love for this band and this music continued unabated. Flash forward to 2004 when my life brought me here to so many of you. I found a family I never knew I had and that I desperately needed. One of those family members was Bill.

We spoke of so many things and bonded so quickly that I wondered how it was possible that I could be so close to someone that I had known for such a short period. We laughed and decided it was our common love of this band and life in general that made that possible.

And so we decided I would finally see Macon with Bill as my tour guide. He insisted I stay @ his house as his guest. And off we went to see High Falls, complete with a guided tour of the Falls by Willie Howard. A visit to the H & H, where we met Willie Perkins, Hophead and his son Ronnie for an amazing meal and stories from Ron and Willie. Soon after followed a visit to Rose Hill Cemetery where he quietly gave me space for me to pay my respects to Duane & Berry.

Then it was a visit to the Big House where we were greeted so warmly by Kirk & Kirsten West, the same way they had greeted so many thousands of people before. People that felt the need to see the same things that I felt a need to see. The entire time I would find myself catching a glimpse of the SMILE on Bill's face. It was a smile that simply said "I understand brother." On the way out of town we stopped @ 550 Lounge where I picked up a t-shirt & simply reflected on the ride home on all I had just taken in. It was just one of many amazing moments I was so blessed to share with a man I will forever call my "brother by another mother." I love you Bill....

















 

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  posted on 7/10/2008 at 01:32 AM

Those are some great photos, Lefty! And some pretty good stories, too ...

 

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  posted on 7/10/2008 at 04:06 AM
Hey there sweet family,

Bill had no life insurance, so your contributions for the education of his children, Ben and Hannah would be most appreciated. For more information about how you can hold them close please visit:

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Take care and know that you are loved,

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  posted on 7/10/2008 at 05:44 AM
Thanks Tony for sharing your story and pictures...

Lizzie told me all about that car ride and how much fun you all had...

Lana ...Thanks for the link...


My wish is that upon reaching Heaven's Door yesterday not only was Bill greeted by his own loving family , but all his favorite musicians that have gone to Heaven already.. the ones that I know of are of course, Duane and Berry.... but I only hope John Lennon and George Harrison are there to greet him as well....

Can you blow the roof off of heaven ??????????????

RIP Sweet , Sweet Bill....

Keep the stories and pictures coming... Love 'em all

 

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  posted on 7/10/2008 at 06:46 AM
no pics for me just a nice man. Been to chitloads of shows always stopped by the htn booth to get in the front row drawing that I never could win... Always took time to chat with everyone and enjoy the fun.

 

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  posted on 7/10/2008 at 08:07 AM
The only pictures I have are the ones in my head. Sometimes those are the best, 'cause they're all mine and I get to see them the way I want. His smile and his hugs and his undivided attention when you were talking to him were so great. When you were with him, you felt like you were the most important person to him.

I think my favorite memory is when he got on stage and played with the Brothers. How special for him and for everyone watching. What a man.

 

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  posted on 7/10/2008 at 08:23 AM
Rick, here are the pictures you were trying to post. I have stories and pictures I've shared in other threads. I'll try to pull it altogether for a post here. I have many memories and pictures of that sweet brother. I spent the entire afternoon and evening last night reminiscing, listening to music, crying, smiling as I recalled memories. I was on the phone, and I heard "Please Call Home" coming through the speakers. Bill learned to play that on keys when we were at his house a few years ago so we could add it to the jam. Anytime there was a keyboard at any jam, we did that song. I wasn't prepared and when I heard Gregg break into those word yesterday, I lost it. That song takes on new meaning now. I'm thankful I have those memories to carry with me. My heart is broken, yet I can smile through the tears knowing he's with me/us. I didn't intend this post to take this turn. I was just going to post pictures. Here they are (from Rick). I'll post more later. Thanks, Tony for starting this appropriate thread. Thanks for all the great pictures and memories.

The first picture is from the Pilgrimmage trip by Bill, Joe, Ron, Neil, Russ ... the same weekend we all met. It's from the famous Room 156 jams. My back is to the camera, Bill can clearly be seen, and Marty, Skip (Mama Louise's son), and Mama even hung around for the jams! Many others, including Ron, Rick, Joe, were in that room that night. Glorious times and beautiful friendships formed. Guess who was at the center of it all? Bill...always.





 

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  posted on 7/10/2008 at 08:59 AM
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Those are some great photos, Lefty! And some pretty good stories, too ...


another stellar part of that trip was stopping by Ron's house and meeting his son and seeing Ronnie's project, that if I am not mistaken , won first place in the state. It was a project that told the story of Ron's dad, being held as a POW during WWII. it's funny..as i type this i wonder if there was any way a POW could have imagined his tale being told to a music fan from Chicago, all those years later...

it's amazing to think of all the dots Bill, Joe, Ron and Kirk have connected for people

 

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  posted on 7/10/2008 at 09:00 AM
Are Bill's children in any of these pictures? I've not had the pleasure of meeting them.

I was so fortunate to have Bill offer me a place to bunk at JFD 2007 when bluedad's and BDOB's room ended up being a little too crowded. Just hanging with Bill during some of the quieter moments of that weekend was very special to me. That included breakfast with Karen Gruber (whom Sang mentioned) and her husband (I purchased Karen's jazz CD, by the way, and it is fine) and also hanging and chatting with Terry and Tommy Talton outside our room.

Well, I'm sure that Bill now has a very comfortable, peaceful place to stay, just like he made sure I did...

 

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  posted on 7/10/2008 at 09:19 AM
about a year ago a package arrived in the mail--a very special framed pic of Duane Allman--Bill wanted to make sure i got it...

Bill tolerated me,took my calls,let me into his life----i am deeply grateful & will never forget....

meeting Bill was special from the 1rst moment--we talked of so many other chances we'd have to get together...

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  posted on 7/10/2008 at 09:39 AM
Is that MissTerry in the motel pic with the gren shirt, back toward the camera? Everyone looks so young! That picture reminds me of all the gabba jams Bill was a part of. The vibe he carried with him seemed to spread to all that surrounded...a true torch carrier of the REAL vibe off the Allman Brothers Band.

 

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Great thread, Tony. The shared photos and memories of Bill are wonderful (and comforting).

 

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The first time I met Bill was at The Jam for Duane in '04 or '05. He was just full of southern hospitality and always made me feel welcome in the south.

These pics are from JFD '05


 

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  posted on 7/10/2008 at 12:50 PM
Nice pics and stories...I had forgotten about Bill playin' Mona Mae...Damn...tears again.

 

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  posted on 7/10/2008 at 04:32 PM
Just a BUMP and THANKS for such great pix & stories.
RIP my brother.

 

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  posted on 7/10/2008 at 05:13 PM
Bill was on the road with HTN in my area in August of last year and 2006. Both times the band had a day off before the Camden show, so Bill and his traveling companions (Greg Potter and RoadBoy in '06; Rob Johnson last year) had a bit of spare time. Bill called me before they arrived, and I helped arrange hotel rooms at the Clarion here in Cherry Hill, which just so happens to be 100+ yards from where I live.

In'06 we went to dinner the night they got in. I chose an Italian restaurant/pizza place called Forno. Not a fancy place but their food is very good. When Bill came back last year, I asked what they were hungry for. Without missing a beat, he said he wanted to back to Forno. He got no argument from me. I had lunch there today in Bill's honor.

Anyway, last year I had one of those "I'm going to remember this for the rest of my life" moments with Bill. I had the day off, but the new issue of Hittin' the Note was coming out, so Joe had about 4 boxes of them sent via UPS to my office. Bill and I went to pick them up so they could sell them at the show that night. I had the radio in the car tuned to WXPN. Just as we pulled into the parking spot, doesn't Blue Sky come on the radio as if on cue?! Bill said "you KNOW we're not going anywhere until this song is over" and once again, he got no argument from me. We just sat there smiling and feeling real good.

I'm glad I got to spend parts of those two days with Bill when he was on the road. I felt like he picked that leg of the tour to travel so he could see me, but then, he made everyone feel like that.

So long, sweet friend. When August rolls around this year and the ABB play again in Camden, it won't be the same without you.

 
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