“I love that Bill is chronicling his friendships with Prentiss Barnes and Harvey Fuqua and Bill Pinkney , sharing his magic moments with them and other contemporaries.”
Original member of The Supremes, and author of Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme
“Wow! This book should be a movie! It’s a powerful story of love and brotherhood across the racial divide at a time when our nation needs healing as never before.”
Michael W. Smith
"William Morris was the first former Ole Miss student to invite me to his house. He was forty years ahead of what is happening in today’s world. His book is one of the best I have read in quite a while. Everybody should read and understand it. I read every word.
'The Help' was a novel. This is a true story.”
Civil Rights Icon
“I never ceased to be amazed about what was unfolding in these moments Bill has experienced. Take the journey with him in this marvelous and exciting exposition of a faith filled musical adventure."
Charles L. Overby
Former President of Gannett Foundation
Former Chairman, Freedom Foundation
Former CEO Newseum & Diversity Institute
“In my long editorial career—over 50 years—seldom have I met a writer with more passion or compassion than Bill Morris.”
Former East Coast Acquisitions Editor, Zondervan
“Bill Morris’ new book is way more than a roadmap to the inside skinny on two of rock ‘n roll’s greatest vocal groups, the Moonglows and the Drifters. Rather, it personifies how their music and that of the other pioneering artists from this musical era not only changed the lives of their devoted fans, but more importantly, the world that we live in.”
Former President & CEO
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum
"Bill Morris has successfully combined an account of his personal faith and God's providence with a lifelong devotion to 50's/60's Rock & Roll music and his close friendship with four icons
of Soul Music."
"Reading my friend Bill‘s book was a delight, as it brought back so many pleasant memories of our high school and college days and the music that permeated those times. Most importantly, 'This Magic Moment' is rich with the power of the Holy Spirit, and you feel the impact of deep spirituality guiding Bill’s relationships with so many wonderful musicians."
Guthrie T. (Guff) Abbott
“Magic to be sure, but moment? It’s extended into a lifetime. That Bill Morris can write and sing comes as no surprise. That he has this story to write about makes us all want to sing and shout if only we could, as he does.”
Artist, writer and humorist
“ We should all be so blessed to possess the zest for life that Bill pours into his friendships, his writing, his faith, and his photography. Magic indeed!”
Former Executive Director, Mississippi Arts Commission
"Bill’s book is wonderful. It shows you how the world can be changed when love and compassion are given with nothing expected in return."
Award-winning cartoonist, editor, author
Radio and Television Host
"Bill loves God and his family with an unwavering commitment forged by blessings. He also loves the vocal music of the 50’s with a passion as deep as his bass/baritone voice. But it’s not just the music he loves. It’s the musicians, their songs and stories, and ultimately, their friendship.
“My relationship with Bill began 40 years ago and throughout I have heard him relate tales of his evolving friendships with four black musicians. Casting aside the racial divide of yesterday through a common love of music, Bill’s uplifting stories about those friendships come alive again in this book."
JD and Financial Advisor
"It touched my heart and amazed me that one of my closest, most cherished friends could have had the wonderful experiences described in the book with these legendary singers and then so movingly write to tell the world about those experiences! It is heartwarming how much you cared about each other and enriched each other’s lives. Well done, my friend, and thank you for the inspiration you provided.”
Attorney/Senior Partner, Phelps Dunbar
"Bill Morris's enthusiasm, it seems, has no boundary. This Magic Moment chronicles his remarkable life — on stage, in business, in prayer, and, most importantly, in friendship with those who have been forgotten and cast aside."
Author, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts
and editor, Stories from 125 Years of Ole Miss Football
“You did it, Brother Bill! It’s a truly magnificent book. You were all along right there—in the center of the universe of harmony; and also “At the End of a Rainbow” of beautiful people, inside and out.”
Dr. Eli Goodman
M.D. & DJ and author
“Thanks so much for writing ‘This Magic Moment.’ We share a lot
of those remembrances. It was incredibly written...so much so
that I couldn’t put it down.“
Designer, Musician, Co-founder of Communication Arts
“Bill is such a talented writer. His passion for the music of the 50’s and 60’s and the legendary singers who created it is conveyed in every sentence. Anyone who remembers that special music will enjoy a flood of sweet memories reading this book!”
Billy just finished reading "This Magic Moment," and now we are dancing in the kitchen! Here's to you, Bill. Thanks for bringing this wonderful music back to our hearts and to our kitchens.
Billy and O’Hara Croswell
Everyone should read this book. I laughed. I cried. He did a masterful job,
and it is so much from the heart. This journey was definitely a God thing!