It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora One trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
 Upgrade  sign up   |   help   |  
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

Free personalized radio that
plays the music you love

Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Bill Neely

Music was the magic that transformed Bill Neely from a poor sharecropper's son during the Depression era into a respected entertainer with a career that spanned decades. It transported him from his humble roots in Texas to such worldly cities as Paris and Washington, D.C., leading the singer and composer to play esteemed venues that included the Smithsonian Institution. Not too shabby for a Collin County boy who had been forced to leave school in the eighth grade and seek employment when he was just 15 years old. His early forays into the work force of the 1930s began on train treks with crews working for the Civilian Conservation Corps, a government program instituted by then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to aid the thousands of citizens who desperately needed work. Neely moved around the country and labored on government-sponsored jobs. He entered the U.S. Army in 1939 and served through 1943. By this time he was already writing music, but the war stalled his career. His interest in music had developed early, when at the age of 13 he received a guitar lesson from Jimmie Rodgers, a reigning star of country music. Upon Neely's discharge from the service, he settled in Arizona. Relocating six years later to Austin, TX, he made the acquaintance of Kenneth Threadgill, a restauranteur and musician. Threadgill booked Neely into his establishment for weekly Wednesday gigs, and Neely's act found a home there throughout the 1950s. Austin was also where Neely met acoustic guitarist Larry Kirbo in 1968. The pair teamed up for almost a dozen years and played a Smithsonian Institution event together. The list of other musicians whom Neely performed with includes Pete Seeger, Mance Lipscomb, and Janis Joplin. Over the long course of his career, he put out a lone recording, Blackland Farm Boy, which was released in 1974. Neely was one of a small group of musicians from Texas who headed to Paris late in 1989 to appear at the Maison des Cultures du Monde, or the House of World Cultures. A cassette was made of some of these performances through Documentary Arts, with Alan Govenar as producer. In addition to Neely, the recording also features Osceola Mays and John Burrus. Neely is also featured prominently in the video Living Texas Blues. In addition to his music, he also spent time supporting his family as a truck driver, a chef, and a restauranteur. In 1948, he took Bobbie Hamilton as his wife, and Neely went on to help raise a stepchild and four more children. He succumbed to leukemia in 1990. ~ Linda Seida
full bio

Selected Discography

x

Track List: Arhoolie 40th Anniversary Collection 1960 - 2000

Disc 1

1. San Francisco Bay Blues

2. Mercury Blues

3. Shake Shake Mama

4. Cairo Blues

6. One Thin Dime

7. Charmin' Betsy

9. I Am The Black Ace

10. Brother James

15. Bald Headed Woman

19. The Country Blues

20. Crowley Waltz

22. Ay, Ai Ai

23. Write Me A Few Lines

24. Charlie James

25. Louisiana Blues

Disc 2

1. Cindy

2. Little Red Rooster

6. I Wonder Where You Are Tonight

9. Sometimes I Cry

10. Two Bugs And A Roach

11. Dream

12. Things Gonna Get Better

13. Visions

17. Please Settle In Vietnam

18. Shake 'em On Down

21. Finger Lickin' Good

Disc 3

1. Church Point Breakdown

3. Gibson Creek Shuffle

5. You Ain't Got A Chance

7. Satan's Burning Hell

8. Luzita

12. Allons A Grand Coteau

15. Fast Santa Fe (Bear Cat)

16. I'll See You In C-U-B-A

17. El Balaju

21. Ay Te Dejo En San Antonio

22. Mi Problema

Disc 4

1. Gritenme Piedras Del Campo

2. Co-Fe

3. Single Girl

4. Bee De La Manche

6. Negra Ausencia

12. Here To Stay

13. I Know That's Right

19. Hot Chili Mama

21. El Canoero

23. San Francisco Can Be Such A Lonely Town

Disc 5

5. Food Stamp Blues

6. Ain't It A Shame

8. La Mal Sentada

9. Falling For You

14. El Corrido De Esequiel Hernandez

15. What's His Name-Jesus

16. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

Comments

Don't have a Pandora account? Sign up

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[103, 122, 105, 122, 90, 68, 105, 119, 127, 98, 66, 98, 77, 105, 67, 85, 77, 65, 83, 80, 105, 117, 122, 90, 109, 95, 101, 72, 120, 73, 73, 86, 108, 125, 64, 77, 84, 121, 117, 79, 126, 113, 112, 106, 123, 120, 119, 121, 113, 98, 103, 96, 79, 122, 124, 115, 72, 74, 92, 86, 102, 91, 76, 77, 113, 78, 73, 89, 90, 125, 69, 109, 100, 118, 99, 108, 124, 113, 88, 80, 71, 109, 123, 72, 82, 120, 104, 122, 115, 106, 107, 118, 97, 100, 97, 96, 93, 80, 107, 80, 84, 81, 95, 96, 84, 74, 65, 113, 124, 84, 68, 92, 115, 91, 92, 77, 88, 92, 96, 98, 89, 80, 75, 69, 66, 94, 96, 68, 72, 68, 88, 122, 103, 95, 125, 113, 98, 81, 127, 94, 73, 83, 95, 112, 65, 98, 104, 89, 122, 97, 73, 82, 95, 110, 108, 101, 88, 109, 68, 69, 97, 100, 107, 102, 76, 89, 108, 86, 99, 72, 78, 120, 88, 115, 79, 104, 74, 82, 64, 124, 71, 103, 109, 115, 70, 105, 83, 126, 64, 106, 99, 114, 118, 75, 67, 73, 116, 77, 114, 83, 73, 93, 98, 91, 82, 88, 100, 76, 74, 72, 108, 109, 122, 122, 68, 111, 103, 65, 115, 119, 70, 118, 105, 76, 67, 119, 109, 106, 112, 112, 84, 110, 103, 114, 115, 69, 119, 91, 73, 90, 76, 77, 122, 109, 113, 123, 116, 86, 108, 118, 70, 90, 118, 103, 122, 100, 94, 80, 75, 122, 93, 98, 117, 75, 70, 106, 97, 89, 69, 87, 119, 122, 70, 75, 79, 90, 70, 116, 101, 76, 96, 65, 90, 120, 127, 112, 73, 125, 107, 82, 73, 120, 93, 102, 78, 99, 96, 96, 80, 109, 64, 125, 106, 87, 71, 114, 107, 108, 127, 76, 80, 68, 65, 86, 106, 117, 70, 113, 95, 84, 119, 123, 75, 67, 88, 76, 64, 101, 100, 102, 101, 90, 113, 88, 81, 99, 95, 118, 105, 98, 83, 101, 109, 77, 103, 107, 100, 87, 65, 118, 90, 120, 72, 84, 112, 115, 119, 90, 124, 103, 113, 117, 126, 83, 80, 99, 71, 67, 85, 116, 105, 84, 66, 97, 84, 122, 105, 77, 124, 118, 78, 102, 75, 69, 99, 69, 72, 101, 125, 100, 71, 73, 79, 93, 72, 119, 97, 71, 73, 100, 78, 115, 64, 125, 80, 74, 120, 66, 95, 67, 110, 120, 73, 98, 95, 99, 70, 71, 98, 79, 80, 97, 90, 106, 89, 108, 81, 123, 126, 108, 110, 115, 80, 82, 75, 99, 75, 98, 95, 77, 92, 111, 73, 102, 98, 73, 97, 120, 76, 89, 79, 68, 92, 108, 84, 71, 115, 81, 123, 123, 80, 122, 95, 70, 108, 75, 69, 120, 113, 93, 109, 122, 69, 77, 110, 82, 118, 121, 65, 88, 87, 83, 120, 123, 109, 72, 76, 117, 108, 118, 103, 111, 119, 93, 86, 100, 73, 101, 72, 95, 102, 121, 111, 67, 96, 99, 85, 85, 92, 112, 121, 102]