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14) Bill Murray claims he can only play one song on guitar – Gloria by Van Morrison – though he’s keen to point out he knows it best through The Shadows Of Knight’s cover version. Here is Bill’s cover of that cover version, recorded on stage at the Crossroads Guitar Festival back in 2007, where he was helped out half way through by some guy called Eric Clapton.

 2007 wasn’t the only year Bill opened the benefit-concert-cum-music-festival Crossroads, with its most recent incarnation back in 2010 also seeing him attempt The Who’s My Generation before Clapton came to the rescue once more. Later on, he dressed up as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and, as you’ll see from the following clip, Jimi Hendrix. 

 Speaking of The Who, here’s Bill conducting Cornell University’s Big Red Marching Band as they play Pinball Wizard. As far as we’re aware, Bill’s the only human in history to conduct a brass band by swinging a jacket like he’s trying to put out a fire.

 Bizarrely, that wasn’t the only time Bill’s conducted a band. Here he is, fake pimp cane in hand, waggling away at the George Mason Patriots’ band as they go more than a little bit berserk. 

 This is Clint Eastwood doing karaoke with Bill Murray after the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am charity golf tournament. The song Bill’s singing (and Clint is basically just humming along to) is Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) by ‘70s pop slingers Looking Glass. By the by, if you look closely you may be able to see Barack Obama sitting on the stool on the far right. 

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1 Indeed an awesome man
All hail Bill Murray, the King of Sarcasm. More

Posted by Mr Gittes on Tuesday March 12, 2013, 18:47

2 Martin Heron
I honestly don't know how I missed out on that one. I am a fool! It's in there now, and it's all thanks to you, so, um, thank you. More

Posted by Ali Plumb on Friday March 8, 2013, 17:28

3 The best one.
You missed out my favourite Bill Murray fan interaction story. One time a bunch of fans bumped into him and asked for a photograph. He refused, instead recording a Wes Anderson-esque slow-mo walk video with them. Half of the fun of this is just seeing the guys trying to be serious instead of unbelievable gleeful. More

Posted by MartinHeron on Friday March 8, 2013, 14:05

4 Sporting Bears fan
Bill is a great fan of the Chicago Bears. There is a superb clip of him (one of several) on the sidelines as Soldier Field Chicago during the Super Bowl years 1985, where Bill absolutely cracks up talking about William "the Refrigerator" Perry. Love him, can't get enough of him! More

Posted by danielthompson99 on Wednesday March 6, 2013, 13:51

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