Billy Joe Royal

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Billy Joe Royal
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Billy Joe Royal in 1966
Background information
Born(1942-04-03) April 3, 1942 (age 72)
Valdosta, Georgia, United States
OriginMarietta, Georgia, United States
GenresRock and roll, country
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals, acoustic guitar, piano
Years active1950s–present
LabelsSussex
Columbia
Atlantic
Tower
WebsiteOfficial website
 
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Billy Joe Royal
Billy Joe Royal.png
Billy Joe Royal in 1966
Background information
Born(1942-04-03) April 3, 1942 (age 72)
Valdosta, Georgia, United States
OriginMarietta, Georgia, United States
GenresRock and roll, country
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals, acoustic guitar, piano
Years active1950s–present
LabelsSussex
Columbia
Atlantic
Tower
WebsiteOfficial website

Billy Joe Royal (born April 3, 1942, Valdosta, Georgia, United States) is an American singer.

Biography[edit]

Born in Valdosta and raised in Marietta, Royal became a local star at Savannah, Georgia's Bamboo Ranch in the 1950s and 1960s. He is best known for the 1965 US Top 10 pop hit "Down in the Boondocks," which, along with the singles "I Knew You When" (Top 20, 1965) and "Hush" (1967), were written and produced by Joe South. His 1969 single, "Cherry Hill Park," peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] In the 1970s his recording of "Heart's Desire" gained popularity among Northern soul enthusiasts and was regularly played in Northern soul nightclubs.[2]

During the 1980s, Royal scored a successful comeback with several Top 10 country hits, including "Tell It Like It Is," "Burned Like a Rocket," and "I'll Pin a Note on Your Pillow."

Billy Joe Royal's career experienced a major second wind during the 2000s due to regular airplay on oldies radio stations. His music was further exposed to younger generations through a movement known as by The Beat Army, an online music forum based on Facebook, which is operated by author and music producer Paul Collins. Royal continues to tour regularly, performing concerts at casinos, music festivals and clubs in Canada, the United States, Japan and throughout Europe. Royal's set lists include a mixture of songs representing multiple genres from the 1960s to the present day.

Royal played Robert Ally in the indie Western film Billy the Kid (2013), co-starring country singer Cody McCarver.[3][4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart PositionsRIAA
US CountryUSCAN Country
1965Billy Joe Royal
Down in the Boondocks96
1967Billy Joe Royal featuring Hush
1969Cherry Hill Park100
1980Billy Joe Royal
1982Folio
1987Looking Ahead21
1987The Royal Treatment5Gold
1989Tell It Like It Is1531
1990Out of the Shadows24
1991Greatest Hits32

Singles[edit]

YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US CountryUSCAN CountryCAN
1965"Down in the Boondocks"91Down in the Boondocks
"I Knew You When"141
1966"I've Got to Be Somebody"3815
"It's a Good Time"104Single only
"Heart's Desire"8856Billy Joe Royal featuring Hush
"Campfire Girls"9168Single only
1967"Yo-Yo"11742Billy Joe Royal featuring Hush
"These Are Not My People"113
"The Greatest Love"117
"Hush"52
1968"Storybook Children"117Single only
1969"Cherry Hill Park"158Cherry Hill Park
1970"Every Night"113Singles only
1971"Tulsa"8681
"Poor Little Pearl"11191
1978"Under the Boardwalk"A8274
1985"Burned Like a Rocket"10Looking Ahead
1986"Boardwalk Angel"4137
"I Miss You Already"14
1987"Old Bridges Burn Slow"11
"I'll Pin a Note on Your Pillow"517The Royal Treatment
1988"Out of Sight and on My Mind"107
"It Keeps Right on Hurtin'"17*
1989"Tell It Like It Is"22Tell It Like It Is
"Love Has No Right"43
"Till I Can't Take It Anymore"23
1990"Searchin' for Some Kind of Clue"1733Out of the Shadows
"A Ring Where a Ring Used to Be"3343
1991"If the Jukebox Took Teardrops"2924
1992"I'm Okay (And Gettin' Better)"5168Singles only
2009"Hard Rock to Roll"

Guest singles[edit]

YearSingleArtistChart positionsAlbum
US Country
1987"Members Only"Donna Fargo23Winners

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billy Joe Royal". Billyjoeroyal.com/. Retrieved March 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ Nowell, David (1999). Too Darn Soulful – The Story of Northern Soul. London: Robson Books. p. 118. ISBN 1-86105-270-7. 
  3. ^ "Billy the Kid". A Cold Day in Hell. Forbesfilms.com. Retrieved March 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Billy the Kid (2013)". IMDb.com. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 

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