Bill Terry

2013 - Individual Artist

Very few musicians can say they’ve played a command performance for the President of the United States, and that’s just one of the highlights of the music career of Bill Terry.

Bill has been a member of several bands over the 38 years he was active in music. He spend a year with the Carroll Smithers Band and two years with the MacBird Band, playing drums and singing for both groups. He added guitar to the list during the six years he had Bill Terry and the Four Stars together. Bill continued on vocals, guitar and drums for two years in the Bill Terry and Denny Kintzi Duo and for five years with The Bill Terry Band. From 1978-1985, Bill played guitar and sang with the Silver Blue Band.

Bill’s musical talents have given him the opportunity to travel all over the state, the country and the world. He’s played from Estherville to Emmetsburg, Sioux City to Waterloo, and Des Moines to Davenport in Iowa. Some of Bill’s memorable gigs came when he played with Army Shows in places like Fort Lee Virginia and Fort Meade, Maryland, as well as in Korea and Germany.

1955 marked one of Bill’s most memorable life experiences as he and the other members of the Second Army Show Mobile Unit #1 played a command performance for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Other highlights from his ten years in the Army include organizing a bluegrass band called the Green Hill Playboys at Fort Lee, Virginia; winning the Second Army Semi-Finals All Army Soldier singing contest; and, performing with several USO shows in Korea.

Bill’s got some great moments making music stateside, too. He has performed with Tom T. Hall, the 1957 All Army Country Music Champions, the Quartermaster Wranglers, and many acts from the Grand Ole Opry.  Bill has even spent time recording his music in the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame inducted IGL Studio.

The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association welcomes Bill Terry into its 2013 Hall of Fame.

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