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Billy Vera

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Born May 28, 1944 in Riverside, California, Billy was named after his father, Bill McCord, who worked as a staff announcer for NBC in New York, where Billy grew up. His mom, Ann Ryan, was one of the Ray Charles Singers on record and TV with Perry Como. Still in his teens, Billy made his first record. One side, "My Heart Cries," was popular in the Northeast, while the other side, the self-penned "All My Love," saw regional action in Texas and Louisiana. The first song he ever presented to a publisher, "Mean Old World," became a chart hit for Ricky Nelson and, one year later, his "Make Me Belong To You," was a summer hit for Atlantic Records star Barbara Lewis. This entre to Atlantic caused label chief Jerry Wexler to sign Billy

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Article: Book Review

Rip it Up: The Specialty Records Story by Billy Vera

Read "Rip it Up: The Specialty Records Story by Billy Vera" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Rip it Up: The Specialty Records Story Billy Vera RPM Series 177 Pages ISBN: # 978-1947026360 BMG Books 2019 The best music writing makes the reader go listen to music. It is just that simple. Volume 4 of BMG's RPM Series: Rip It Up—The Specialty Records Story is ...

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News: TV / Film

Harlem To Hollywood Documentary Focuses On Billy Vera

Harlem To Hollywood Documentary Focuses On Billy Vera

Filmmakers Alan Swyer and Brad Spurr have begun an Indiegogo.com campaign for their documentary film “Harlem to Hollywood" that focuses on multi-talent Billy Vera; a singer, songwriter, music producer, Grammy winner, voice artist, actor, archivist, and disc jockey. It is a behind the scenes look at what it takes to succeed in the music industry and ...

News: Performance / Tour

2013 Grammy Winner Billy Vera Announces Catalina Jazz Dates For 2014

2013 Grammy Winner Billy Vera Announces Catalina Jazz Dates For 2014

Platinum selling singer/songwriter and 2013 Grammy winner Billy Vera is gearing up for a string of dates with his Big Band Jazz Orchestra at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood along with special guest Tamela D'Amico. Billy is thrilled to continue to share with fans his first ever album recorded with a large jazz orchestra entitled Big ...

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Article: Interview

Billy Vera: Still In The Game

Read "Billy Vera: Still In The Game" reviewed by Scott Mitchell


It might be safe to say that a lot of people may know a little bit about Billy Vera but only a few people know a lot about Billy Vera. Billy is a singer, writer, producer, actor, Grammy winner, and music historian. He has performed with big bands, Billy And The Beaters, solo, and everything in ...

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News: Recording

Billy Vera Releases Big Band Jazz: Soulful Singer Salutes The Great Black Songwriters Of The 1920's, 30's And 40's

Billy Vera Releases Big Band Jazz:  Soulful Singer Salutes The Great Black Songwriters Of The 1920's, 30's And 40's

Hollywood, CA: Platinum selling singer/songwriter Billy Vera is gearing up for the release of his new album, Big Band Jazz. This Fall, Billy is thrilled to share with fans his first ever album recorded with a large jazz orchestra. The CD, to be released on Robo Records (distributed by Universal/Fontana), is scheduled for release this January, ...

News: Performance / Tour

Billy Vera Debuts His Big Band Sound At Syracuse Jazz Fest

Billy Vera Debuts His Big Band Sound At Syracuse Jazz Fest

Billy Vera and the Beaters’ frontman Billy Vera has moved into the world of Jazz. He has just finished up recording a new Jazz album at Capitol Records Studios that is a tribute to his favorite black songwriters. Vera and his 18-piece All-Star Syracuse Big Band will be debuting his new tunes this Saturday, June 23rd ...

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News: Recording

Billy Vera celebrates Black songwriters with big band jazz album

Billy Vera celebrates Black songwriters with big band jazz album

"Play that again! That's one of the most brilliant performances I've ever heard. Who the hell is this kid?" said Mr. Sinatra to a lady friend upon seeing a video of Billy Vera singing his #1 smash, “At This Moment." And every time he visited the lady, he made her play it again. Admired by his ...

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News: Recording

Hopeless Romantic: The Best of Billy Vera & the Beaters

Hopeless Romantic: The Best of Billy Vera & the Beaters

Los Angeles, CA - On February 19, Shout! Factory will release Hopeless Romantic: The Best Of Billy Vera & The Beaters, a compilation celebrating Vera's talent as both singer and songwriter. Produced by Billy Vera, this new compilation includes songs from his albums Billy & The Beaters, the album recorded live at the Roxy in Los ...

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Something Like Nothing Before

Label: Victor
Released: 1992


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