Bill Vitt

Bill Vitt (1943- July 16, 2019)[1] was an American drummer and keyboardist.[2] He worked extensively as a live performer and as a session musician. In the 1970s he played with Brewer & Shipley, Jerry Garcia, Merl Saunders, and the Sons of Champlin.[3]

Bill Vitt
Birth nameWilliam Robert Vitt
BornMay 6, 1943
OriginSan Francisco Bay Area
DiedJuly 16, 2019
GenresRock - jazz
InstrumentsDrums - keyboards
Years active1960s–2019
Associated actsBrewer & Shipley,
Sons of Champlin,
Merl Saunders,
Jerry Garcia,
Tom Fogerty

He retired from the music business in the 1980s, but became active again in the 2000s, playing live shows and recording albums. He played the music that he loved until his death. He died with his adoring daughter, Aura, by his side, grateful and content with the life he led[4]



  1. ^ Slingerland, Calum (July 19, 2019). "R.I.P. Jerry Garcia Drummer Bill Vitt". Exclaim. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  2. ^ Bill Vitt credits at Allmusic. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
  3. ^ Beaudoin, Jedd (January 17, 2017). "Choose Your Companions: Bill Vitt on Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders". PopMatters. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  4. ^ Gatta, John Patrick (November 16, 2012). "Bill Vitt Remembers His Keystone Companions: Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders". Retrieved April 3, 2013.