Bill Quick is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who released one album during the 1970s.

Bill Quick was born in Miami, Florida, to an American father and Venezuelan mother. After his parents divorced, he was raised in Caracas, Venezuela by his mother, but spent much of his childhood travelling around the world due to his mother’s work with the United Nations. As a young man, Quick settled in Madrid, Spain during the early 1970s. He frequented the Rastro Flea Market, playing acoustic guitar and selling home-made leather belts and sandals. It was there that he met several of the musicians with whom he would later record.

After signing with Alain Milhaud’s Explosion label in 1971, Quick’s first release was a single, Lluvia / Soy solo un hombre. Milhaud then asked Quick to record an album. The result was Maravillosa gente (‘Beautiful People’), which was completed in early 1972 and released in Spain and Brazil. Featuring English-language songs penned mainly by Quick (with some help from friend Mark Gottschall) and accompanied by a diverse array of session musicians, the album explores a range of musical styles. However, it was a commercial failure. At least one single from the album was released—Take Me Away / Winter’s Gonna Come—but this too was unsuccessful, despite receiving radio airplay. Undeterred, Milhaud offered to fund another album featuring only Quick and Gottschall, but these plans were abandoned when Gottschall decided to return home to Texas.

Little is known of Quick’s subsequent movements. He continued to record singles during the 1970s and 1980s, sometimes under the pseudonym Indiosuave. He also recorded a second album in Venezuela in 1976, although this was never officially released. More recently, he wrote and self-published a book, Autobiografía de un Don Nadie, which was well received in South America. ”

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