Monday, August 26, 2013

Billy Stewart - Voice Your Choice

Billy Stewart was born on March 24, 1937 in Washington DC. He died in a car crash on January 17, 1970 at the very young age of 32. Billy was an R&B singer, composer, and keyboardist who was discovered by Bo Diddley in 1956.

Although he garnered no hits at the time, he first recorded for the Chess/Argo Record company in 1956. Perhaps because of that lack of hits, he did not record from 1957-61. His first Billboard chart appearance was in 1962 with Reap What You Sow, that peaked at number 72 . Nicknamed "Fat Boy", Billy Stewart was the first cousin of Grace Ruffin of The Jewels.

In 1965 and 1966, he had his greatest success and we feature those two songs this week on Voice Your Choice. Cast your vote for either Sitting In The Park or Summertime. I'll play the winning song in the 3rd hour of next week's show.