Billy Field

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For other people of the same name, see William Field (disambiguation).

William Bruce "Billy" Field[1] is an Australian singer and songwriter, best known for his hit singles "True Love" (1982) (#17), "Bad Habits" (1981) (#4) and "You Weren't In Love with Me" (1981) (#1).

Early career[edit]

Billy Field spent his early years on Widgiewa Station, a large sheep and cattle property near the small Riverina town of Urana, New South Wales, and worked there for various periods until his mid-20s.[2]

Field was originally in a band called King Fox back in 1967. This band consisted of Field and Paul Radcliffe (later of Machinations) and issued the ep "Unforgotten Dreams" on du Monde in 1969, and a single, "I Think You're Fine", on Festival records in 1972. Field then played in various pub bands in Sydney.

Solo career[edit]

His first album was released in 1981, titled Bad Habits (on WEA in Australia and Europe, and on CBS in the USA). It was arranged and co-produced by Tom Price.

"You Weren't In Love with Me" also peaked at #67 on the UK Singles Chart in June 1982.[3] Field set up Paradise Studios in Sydney where some of Australia's biggest names have recorded albums including Air Supply, Cold Chisel, INXS, Paul Kelly, Icehouse, The Models, Absent Friends and The Angels. Field also performs in jazz clubs around Sydney.

Field's second album Try Biology appeared on the Swedish Frituna label in 1982 and yielded Field's third hit single "True Love". It was produced (like the Bad Habits LP) by Tom Price.

In 1989 Field issued his third album "Say Yes" on the Agape label (an Australian label). Like all his albums it was only issued on vinyl, and this one yielded no hits.It was produced by Field alone.

Revival and CD Best of[edit]

Interest in Field's music was sparked again when Australian Idol contestant Courtney Murphy sang "You Weren't In Love With Me" and Ian "Dicko" Dickson (one of the judges) said he liked the song and that he hadn't heard it before. Murphy also appeared as a guest on ABC's "Spicks and Specks" TV quiz program in 2005 and briefly revisited his performance of "You Weren't In Love With Me", causing co-host Myf Warhurst to become visibly emotional.

This led to the release of a 'Best Of' album. The compilation album The Best of Billy Field: You Weren't in Love with Me (Aztec Music, 2005) marked the first release of Field's work on CD. Courtney Murphy's performance of the song is credited on the CD compilation as the impetus for a significant increase in interest in Field's back catalog.

After living for many years in a warehouse in Kings Cross, Sydney, Field moved to Gosford, NSW, where his property houses his current recording studio.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Newsletter No.94". bmusic. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 199. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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