West Virginia-born Bill Reed is a jazz record producer, historian, author, and journalist. Reed is best known for his work in revitalizing interest in mid-century vocal jazz (in particular the One Shot Wonder genre), and for producing numerous albums for the Japanese market that have received wide international acclaim.
Reed has produced more than sixty vocal jazz CDs for the Japanese market, most of which were for the label SSJ Records. Among his better known productions are a four-volume series of unreleased material by Beverly Kenney; Down in the Depths (2005) by singer Bill Black (culled from a fifty-year-old acetate); and the contemporary studio albums Rain Sometimes (2002) by Pinky Winters and Listen Here (2012) by Sue Raney. Other artists he has produced albums for include singer-pianist Dave Frishberg, Buddy Greco, Frankie Randall, Jane Harvey, Jack Jones, and Audrey Morris to name a few.
Reed's best selling book to date is the reference work The Last Musical Hurrah: Jazz and Pop Singing and the Onslaught of Rock (2016), which lists the majority of artists in the One Shot Wonder genre, along with their LP's. Other titles he has authored include: Hot from Harlem: Profiles in Classic African-American Entertainment, The Leonard Reed Story: Brains as Well as Feet, Early Plastic (a memoir), Rock on Film, Shared Air: My Six-Decade Interface With Celebrity, and The Perils of Prolificity.