MARCH 4, 1950 - DECEMBER 28, 2005
Bill Kern was a passionate musician, and a
gifted songwriter. He began writing songs at 13 years old, and continued
writing throughout his entire life. Bill could write songs about anything
and everything - from tender love ballads and catchy pop tunes, to punk and hard
rock songs. Bill liked all styles of music, but his favorite artist was
The Beatles. Bill caught Beatles fever on February 9, 1964, when The
Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan show for the first time, and never
recovered. His Beatles collection was legendary. He had every
Beatles release in it's original issue, and almost every re-issue variation.
He also had a vast collection of Beatles related records, including songs they
wrote for other artists, records they produced for other artists, and records
they appeared on - credited or uncredited. He had the most complete
collection of Apple records in the world. His rarest and most prized item
from the Apple label was Hare
Krishna Mantra by Radha Krishna Temple (if this link brings you to a
blank page, you may use the url "http://meltingpot.fortunecity.com/kirkland/266/apple/1810ps.jpg").
Bill was introduced to Barry Knoedl in January of
1974 by a mutual friend because of their mutual interest in The Beatles.
It didn't take long in that first meeting to realize that they had more in
common than impressive collections of Beatles records. In that first
meeting, Barry played a tape of songs he had written and played all the
instruments. Bill's excitement couldn't be contained. He had a tape
of songs he had written and played all the instruments. In that first
meeting in January, 1974, a partnership was formed that lasted 32 years, until
Bill's death in 2005.