Bill Doss, Co-Founder of The Elephant 6 Recording Company, Dies At 43

According to James Montgomery from, musician Bill Doss died. Wikipedia states that Doss, 43, died on July 30, 2012, and that he was a resident of Athens, Georgia. His death was not announced until July 31st.

Bill Doss and His Future Partners in Music

Bill Doss was a native of Dubach, Louisiana. Dubach is also where Doss met his high school friends and future fellow musicians.

Band members, Bill Doss, Jeff Magnum. Hugh Twyman, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Band members, Bill Doss, Jeff Magnum. Hugh Twyman, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Along with Doss, Will Cullen Hart, Robert Schneider and Jeff Mangum later co-founded The Elephant 6 Recording Company (Elephant 6).

The Elephant 6 Recording Company

Elephant 6 was a group of musicians who began many notable independent bands of the 1990s. They included The Apples in Stereo, The Olivia Tremor Control (previously The Sunshine Fix), Neutral Milk Hotel, Beulah, Elf Power, Of Montreal and Circulatory System.

60’s Pop

After Mangum left the band to pursue his own Neutral Milk Hotel, Hart and Doss began to pool their musical influences. Hart was a proponent of experimentalism, and Doss of 60’s pop such as The Beatles, the Beach Boys and The Zombies.

Band Breaks Up

In 2000 after the release of the second The Olivia Tremor Control album, Black Foliage, the band broke up.

Bill Doss was married to free-lance photographer Amy Hairston Doss. They met while attending Louisiana Tech University.

Cause of Death

The Olivia Tremor Control confirmed Bill Doss’ death, more about it is on their website. The cause of death is not yet known.

In Memory Of – Condolences

Doss, recognized by his red hair and long sideburns, can be easily seen in the video, here, dedicated to his memory.

Condolences go to Bill Doss’ family, friends and fans.