The Music of Eastern North Carolina’s Bill Myers

July 27, 2019

Bill Myers’ friends know that “Popeye” Myers, jazz musician and band leader of “The Monitors” for almost sixty years, and William E. Myers, distinguished educator, civic leader and Music Director of St. John A.M.E. Zion Church in Wilson are one and the same.

Bill credits music with bringing his contrasting experiences into a harmonious life story. “Music,” he says, “has that kind of power.”


Bill Myers received a North Carolina Heritage Award in 2014 for his role as both a prolific musician and as an educator. Watch the video commemorating that honor below.