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Bill Morrissey

Beginning in the mid-'80s, Bill Morrissey released a series of albums of original songs that startled and delighted the following he built up touring around the Northeast. By his second LP, North, he'd been picked up by the Philo division of Rounder Records. Morrissey sang in a surprisingly flexible, deep voice (somewhat reminiscent of Leon Redbone's croak, but more supple). His songs were full of humor and pathos, expressed in keenly observed details about small-town life, sometimes desperate, sometimes hopeful, but always presented in new, unexpected ways on releases including 1989's Standing Eight, 1992's Inside, 1994's Night Train, and 1996's You'll Never Get to Heaven. Something I Saw or Thought I Saw continued that tradition in 2001. He was nominated twice for Grammy Awards, for his 1993 collaboration with Greg Brown, Friend of Mine, and his 1999 album, Songs of Mississippi John Hurt. Morrissey was also a novelist. His first book, Edson, was published in 1996. His final recording, Come Running, was issued on the Turn and Spin imprint in 2007. Morrissey continued to tour, playing festivals, coffeehouses, and small folk venues. He died from complications due to heart disease in a Dalton, Georgia hotel room, on July 23, 2011 while on tour. Shortly before his passing, he completed work on a second novel, Imaginary Runner. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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markhatch108
love and miss Bill. Many memories of The Stone Church in Newmarket, NH.....
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Just discovered Bills music and love it!! What a great talent
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I got to see Bill a couple of times. He actually send me the chords to a couple of his songs several years back. Sadly, I found about his passing when I looked to see if he was venturing west on tour. These Cold Fingers is the saddest song I've ever heard. Bill, we all miss you!
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Living in NH, I had the opportunity to see Bill play live and meet and talk with him on a couple of occasions. Try to read his novel Edsel some time. I think you will really enjoy it! I miss his singing and songwriting so much!!
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I miss Bill but I am glad that his music lives on. I bought most of his CDs and saw him in concert as often as I could. He had a great stage presence. My favorite show that I saw was on in Denver with Bill and Johnny Cunningham -- they were a great duo.
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gbtusa
I was friendly with Bill back in the 70's when we both lived in Newmarket.I cooked at the Old Stone Church and I would feed him many a meal on a cold winters night.I lost touch and was shocked to hear of his passing.It is a great loss to all who knew him,
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Bill was a great performer and writer.... wish there were more of him... really miss his wit and songs....
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Even though I'm happily married, it would be worth it to get divorced & remarried to have Off White played at the wedding. Genius, miss him.
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sarshik
Party at the UN is playing now on Pandora. Bill is brilliant to have written such creative rhymes!
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i knew bill years ago when i worked for a coffeehouse in boston. he was so talented and very kind. His music still touches me.
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He continues to touch people...... . . . . . . . . . . . .
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sarshik
Just heard Snow Outside the Mill on Pandora radio and once again, I'm reminded of how terrific Bill's music is. His songs are played frequently here, and ever since the Tribute concert, I just want to hear them more & more. Such a tragic loss :-(
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Thank you all for the wonderful comments on my brother Bill. It does my heart good to read your notes. Along with his music, he was a great brother too. I miss him terribly.-- Tom Morrissey
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Man...I didn't know he'd passed. Birches is one of the most beautiful and poignant 2 and a half minute stories ever put to music. RIP Bill, and thanks for so many happy hours driving and listening.
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before he passed he left us with one perfect song,
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RIP Bill Thanks for the music. Shake hands with Steve Goodman, Harry Chapin, Jim Croce and other great musicians taken far too early
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There aren't many people like Bill Morrissey and the world is a poorer place without him
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pennesandbec k
Wonderfully written song. Such a loss that he's gone.
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ann3992
We will miss you, Bill...
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sailorspraye r
I started with him after a rebound broken heart when I got stationed in Newfoundland , ya gotta understand his north New England roots, the fishing and lob'sta villages. His songs are a fog ,coffee, Bailey's Irish Cream dream when you wake up with clam diggin sludge at the bottom of your bed cause you didn;t bother to take off you boots when ya come home
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kwilson1948
Reminds me more of Tom Rush than Leon Redbone. Nice voice.
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There are a few songs that are so good they nail you to the spot - you just freeze in front of the receiver and listen with your eyes closed, gone. "Birches" did that for me. Every time I hear that song it takes me away.
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Agreed, Gene, though both stand alone incredibly well, too.
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paulbellefeu i l l e
He's working on a new album. He says that he has enough new material for two. Let's hope that it happens soon.
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wibloge
The duo of Bill Morrisey and Greg Brown are one of those "ah ha that's what music should be"
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cookie1019
What a voice
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I love this artist! This is the first time I have listened to him. Thanks Pandora
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Not appreciated nearly enough. His music sneaks up on you, and one finds themselves wanting more. Ear candy not earworms! Edson sounds good, too. As above, thanks Pandora.
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ptortorella
If you enjoy Bill Morrisey's music, you might pick up his novel EDSON, a semi-autobio g r a p h i c a l novel about a bar singer.
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silkphoto
married man was very cool
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Simply put PANDORA is awsome
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as always Pandora intrduces me to people whom I am kin with that I have never heard of.

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