Bill Ellis Resume

Singer/Musician/Composer

 Member ASCAP since 1971 as a Writer/Publisher

EARLY CAREER:
1967 LIBERTY RECORDS – Signed by Liberty Records as a singer /songwriter/arranger for Bristol Boxkite.
Songs published with E.H. Morris. Became member of ASCAP.


1963-1966 
 
INVADERS – Guitarist/Songwriter
Original Instrumental Band. Performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

  1966-1968
BRISTOL BOXKITE – Singer/Songwriter/Arranger
Original Rock Band. Performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and in Reno and Tahoe.


   
VIETNAM: 
1968-1970
DRAFTED IN 1968. Pulled from field duty as a rifleman with the First Air Cavalry Division in March 1969 to entertain troops at the foxhole level.

Sent to Japan to record four original songs (all written while in Vietnam) on an EP record. 30,000 copies of the record were given to the men of the First Cavalry Division. The title song on the record, “First Cav,” became known as the unofficial fight song for the division.

Appeared on TV and radio shows at Saigon’s AFVN.

Appeared in French film, titled “You Can Never Go Home,” filmed in Vietnam. Performed songs from “First Cav” EP in the film.
   
STATESIDE:
1971-Pres
SINGER/MUSICIAN. Have traveled the West Coast performing in major hotel chains and clubs. Currently performing SKYTROOPER.

MUSICAL THEATER COMPOSER. Since 1984 I have been writing  a concept album-turned-rock musical about the experiences of a Vietnam soldier who discovers hope through despair. Michael Pinder, former member of the Moody Blues, helped to record and produce 4 out of the 24 original compositions for this rock musical, titled “Beyond The Wall.”

Currently producing Skytrooper (Impressions of a Skytrooper), a musical performance featuring twelve songs that reflect some of the common experiences of combat soldiers serving in the Vietnam War. Ten of the songs in Skytrooper originate from Beyond The Wall (above). However, instead of actors, dancers and singers performing the songs, I perform most of the songs of Skytrooper.
     

 

 

1993

In Country band tour - booked by SRO ARTISTS. West Coast tour of the In Country band. Performed songs from the “In Country” album at colleges and other venues.

1992

“In Country – Songs of the Vietnam War” (Austin City Limits special hosted
by Kris Kristoffereson).
First aired on Veteran’s Day of 1992 across the nation on
PBS stations. This was followed by the release of the “In Country – Songs of the Vietnam War” video through PBS.

1991

Songs of “Beyond The Wall” performed live at the OMNI Theatre. San Francisco, California.

1991

First theatrical performance of “Beyond The Wall.”
Produced by First Team Productions. Performed at the Livermore High School Theatre, Livermore, California, before an audience of over 400.

1990

Flying Fish Records recording session and live concert. Chicago, Illinois.
Featuring seven Vietnam veteran songwriters and their songs concerning
Vietnam experiences.

Release of “In Country” by Flying Fish Records. Owned and distributed by Rounder Records. Available on compact disc. Sold at Amazon.com, among others.

1989

Library of Congress “In Country” Concert and Symposium. Washington, D.C. Performed by vets whose songs were part of The Landsdale Collection, a compilation of songs pertaining to Vietnam and collected by General Landsdale.

1988

California Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedication. Sacramento, California.
Pre- and post-dedication performances

1988

San Francisco Studios. Benefit to raise funds for the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

1987

San Francisco Channel 7 – Vietnam Veterans Salute. A live television broadcast.

1987

Radio Smithsonian – “Rethinking Vietnam.” Washington, D.C.
A nationwide broadcast reflecting the songs of the Vietnam era.

1984

Dedication of 3-Man Statue. Washington, D.C.
Performed for the vets of the First Cav.

1984

First Cavalry Division Annual Reunion. El Paso, Texas. Performed songs from the “First Cav” EP.