- Instruments -
'60's Gutz String Bass
1980 Wilfer String Bass
'60's Ampeg Fretless Electric Bass
'69 Fender Precision Bass
'60's Kay Electric Bass



Born William Carl Stuve III in Alameda, CA. August 1, 1951. Bill has played music all his life. Being blessed by a very supportive family, Bill also scored by having a grandfather who was an artist, as well as a drummer & stride piano player. It wasn't long before Bill was playing snare drum, along with his grandfather at the piano, entertaining family & friends at all holiday functions.This relationship opened up that great big world of music for young Bill. Old school 78' records by Fat's Waller, John Phillip Sousa, Sachmo and others, soon ignited his musical passion. From there he was marching with baton swingin' young ladies, in a drum corp called "The Mt. Eden Marshals". This experience allowed him to get a taste of band discipline and success, as well as life on the road.

His family moved to San Jose, CA, where his first band "The Warlocks" was formed, with Bill playing guitar
. Many bands followed and it was during this time, now playing electric bass, that he hooked up with guitar man Junior Watson. They developed a musical relationship that evolved into a group in 1975 with "Harlem Globetrotter" Nate Branch. That led to playing the casino's in Las Vegas & Reno. From there, through a Watson connection in 1977, "The Mighty Flyers" were formed. That band then featured band leader Rod Piazza (Harp), Junior Watson (Guitar), Bill Swartz (Drums), Honey Piazza (Piano) and Bill Stuve (Upright Bass).

It was during this period that Bill developed his unique "dog house" string bass style. For over 30 years this band went on to tour the world. They played thousands of venues in the U.S., Europe, Scandinavia, Japan, and Australia. The "Mighty Flyers" as a band received numerous awards & nominations. ''Band of the Year", the coveted "Blues Foundation Award", has been awarded to them 4 times. Bill has been
individually nominated several times for "Instrumentalist Bass" since 2000. During this time, Bill developed his own record label - Upright Allnight Productions. As band leader & featured vocalist, he co-produced 3 CD's, "Big Noise", "Say Man!", and "Flyin' Right". Currently, Bill is concentrating on his solo career, as well as touring with Candye Kane.


- As A Leader -
Flyin' Right - UACD 1005
Say Man! - UACD 1096
Big Noise - UACD 1090

- Other Recorded Works -

Candye Kane
Guitar'd and Feathered - Ruf Records GmbH
The Mighty Flyers:
For the Chosen Who - Delta Grove
Keepin' It Real - Blind Pig
Beyond the Source - Tone/Cool
Modern Master: Best of Rod Piazza - Tone/Cool
Tough and Tender - Tone/Cool
Live at B.B. King's Memphis - Big MO
Alphabet Blues - Black Top; Blues in the Dark - Black Top
Undercover - Line/Stomp
File Under Rock - Line/Stomp
The Essential Mighty Flyers - Hightone Records
Radioactive Material - Line/Stomp
From the Start to the Finnish - Red Lightning
Undercover - Line/Stomp
Alex Schultz:
Think About It- Severn
Jimi Bott:
Cheap Thrills
Rod Piazza:
Harpburn - Black Top
Junior Watson:
Long Overdue - Black Top
Johnny Dyer:
Jukin' - Blind Pig
Rick Holmstrom:
Lookout - Black Top
Gary Primich:
My Pleasure - Amazing
William Clarke:
Can’t You Hear Me Calling - Rivera
Jimmy Rogers:
Feelin' Good - Blind Pig
Roy Gaines:
I've Got the T-Bone Walker Blues - GRV2002-2
George “Harmonica” Smith:
Boogie'n with George - Murray Bros.
Now You Can Talk About Me - BP5049
Shakey Jake:
Key Won't Fit - Murray Bros.
Steve Samuels:
On the Corner of Blues And Swing - Full Deck
The Chicago Flying Saucer Band:
Chicago Flying Saucer Band - Gangster Records
BBQ Barnes & The Ribtones:
BBQ Barnes & the Ribtones - Bar Music
Doug MacLeod:
Come to Find - Audioquest
You Can't Take My Blues - Audioquest