Bo Williams & Ish Brady Music Scholarship
The following biography was written at the time of this scholarship establishment; some information may not be up to date:
“Bo” Williams was born Joel David Williams and grew up in the Raleigh-Durham area. His high school nickname, “Bo,” was taken from Bo Diddley. He was a musician’s musician. Without any formal training, Bo felt he could express himself through his music when he couldn’t any other way. In Greensboro, he was one of the original members of the Kallabash Music Group, a group whose popularity rose very rapidly during the 1960s. In 1971, he served seven months in prison and came out a changed man. One song he wrote while in prison, “Hands of Love,” is as follows
“In the life I live today there is one thing I must say, I can’t make it on my own and I don’t try. Yes, I need a helping hand, need someone to understand. That’s the one thing on which I must rely, Hands of Love, Hands of Love. Hands that comfort me and give me strength I need to live. Hands of Love, Hands of pure and precious Love. Love appears in many ways and the power of it stays. Never leaving the ones on whom it falls. Love is real, love is true, there ain’t nothing it can’t do. Makes no difference if I’m locked behind these walls, Like a shelter in the storm, Hands of Love.”
Bo was involved in a car accident during a big snow storm the week before Christmas 1973.
Ish Brady, a member of the Kallabash Music Group, passed away unexpectedly in early 1974. His name was added to the Fund Name: Bo Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund.