This Day In Music 19.03.2016
William BILLY Sheehan was born in Buffalo, NY (U.S.) on March 19 1953.
Starting in his hometown in the early 70s with the now legendary hard rock trio TALAS, he went on to join DAVID LEE ROTH in the summer of '85 when Dave quit Van Halen to go out on his own.
Along with STEVE VAI & GREGG BISSONETTE, the legendary Eat 'Em and Smile record and tour went to platinum status and sold out shows everywhere.
Leaving in 1987 to start his own new band, he founded MR BIG, who went on to achieve number one hit in fourteen countries, staying number one in the USA Billboard chart for three solid week. The song was 1991's To Be With You
Along with Mr Big member Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert and Pat Torpey, they recorded and toured the world for a decade more, till disbanding in 2002, recording six studio albums and seven live albums.
During that time Bill found time to start NIACIN a fusion/blues trio based around the Hammond B3 sound that featured John Novello and drummer Dennis Chambers. Below Niacin, live in Tokyo, performing Pay Dirt
He rejoined his old bandmate Steve Vai for several tours as well as Steve's Real Illusion record and tour. After Bill released several solo records and much more, Mr Big reunited in 2009 and performed a sold-out world tour and then recorded What if...and, in 2014, ...The Stories We Could Tell.
Most recently Billy joyned Mike Portnoy and Ritchie Kotzen to form THE WINERY DOGS. Here's The Winery Dogs' Elevate official video
Sheehan has won the "Best Rock Bass Player" readers' poll from Guitar Player Magazine 5 times for his "lead bass" playing style.