Bill Bodine, born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio graduated from Wilson High School and attended Youngstown State University as a music major for four years. Bill's musical endeavors began with the trumpet at age 10. After seeing Tony Galioto play, he was inspired to play bass guitar. Bill moved to Los Angeles in 1974.
As a producer/composer/arranger/bassist, Bill has been a fixture in the Los Angeles music community for 25 years, touring and recording with such notables as Van Morrison, Joan Armatrading, Leo Sayer, The Funky Kings, Olivia Newton-John, Melissa Manchester, Laura Branigan, Cher, Hampton Hawkes and Sergio Mendez. His television gigs include 8 years in the Star Search House Band and 2 seasons on the New Gong Show.
As a Grammy winning composer he's enjoyed writing for Glen Frey of the Eagles, Manhattan Transfer, and television series and specials for ABC's "Second Noah," "Judge Judy," FOX's Michael Jackson special "Black or White," Martin Mull and Harry Shearer. His business enterprise, Bill Bodine Music, has composed scores for over 300 television commercials for Honda cars, McDonald's, Nike, Toyota, Harley Davidson, Gillette, HBO, Fox Network, and NBC to name but a few. in 1976 he designed a bass guitar for B.C. Rich, which was marketed worldwide as the Bodine Bass.
Bill has been credited as a "Founding Father" of the YSU Jazz program, along with Tony Leonardi and Phil Wilson, while attending YSU between 1968-1971. He continues his involvement with the university by organizing and participating in seminars designed to bring active music professionals back to YSU to inform and inspire current students. In 1994 Bill co-founded the YSU JAZZ ENSEMBLE SCHOLARSHIP FUND, along with Phil Wilson and Ron DiTullio, as a 20th anniversary gift to the program. That fund has now been proudly renamed the TONY LEONARDI MEMORIAL JAZZ SCHOLARSHIP FUND.
Bill is married to singer/writer Beth Andersen and has a 16 year old composer/bassist/singer/pianist son, Billy. They reside in the Pacific Palisades, California. His mother, Betsy, and sister, Brenda, still live in the Canfield area. Bill's future plans include racing with the Porsche Owner's Club, helping Billy's band, "Linear A", as much as possible and developing a few recording artists.