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Billy Stewart Unbelievable - Cross My Heart

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Billy Stewart: Unbelievable - Cross My Heart

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  • Interpret: Billy Stewart

  • Albumtitel: Unbelievable - Cross My Heart

  • Label SHOUT

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5013929507524

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Stewart, Billy - Unbelievable - Cross My Heart CD 1
01 Tell It Like It Is Billy Stewart
02 How Nice It Is Billy Stewart
03 Summertime Billy Stewart
04 Foggy Day Billy Stewart
05 Teach Me Tonight Billy Stewart
06 Canadian Sunset Billy Stewart
07 Time After Time Billy Stewart
08 Misty Billy Stewart
09 Moon River Billy Stewart
10 My Funny Valentine Billy Stewart
11 Love Is Here To Stay Billy Stewart
12 That Old Black Magic Billy Stewart
13 Almost Like Being In Love Billy Stewart
14 Over The Rainbow Billy Stewart
15 Why Am I Lonely Billy Stewart
16 Cross My Heart Billy Stewart
17 Why Do I Love You So Billy Stewart
18 You've Got Such Good Loving Billy Stewart
19 Fat Boy's Boogaloo Billy Stewart
20 Tell Me The Truth Billy Stewart
21 What Have I Done Billy Stewart
22 Crazy 'bout You Baby Billy Stewart
23 I'm In Love (Oh Yes I Am) Billy Stewart
24 By The Time I Get To Phoenix Billy Stewart
Billy Stewart Sitting In The Park Billy Stewart Sitting In The Park  ... mehr
"Billy Stewart"

Billy Stewart

Sitting In The Park

Billy Stewart

Sitting In The Park


Giant-sized with an idiosyncratic vocal delivery laced with tongue rolling and percussive consonants, Billy Stewart had a giant mentor at Chess Records in Bo Diddley. Born March 24, 1937 in Washington D.C., the gospel-trained Stewart was discovered by the Chicago guitarist in 1956 playing at a bar near the Dunbar Hotel, Bo's home away from home when he headlined the Howard Theater. Bo took his discovery back home and cut his two-part debut single for Chess, Billy's Blues (its central guitar riff, played by Jody Williams, was appropriated for Mickey & Sylvia's Love Is Strange, leading to litigation aplenty). Bo also produced and played on Stewart's '57 single for OKeh, Billy's Heartache, where Stewart was vocally backed by The Marquees (their members included young D.C. resident Marvin Gaye).

Billy didn't record again until 1962, when he returned to Chess under Billy Davis's direction and scored a sizable hit his first time out with Reap What You Sow (its flip, Fat Boy, gave him an enduring nickname). Stewart had another hit the next year with Strange Feeling. At a December '64 date, he laid down his two greatest originals. In front of the superlative Chess house rhythm section (guitarist Gerald Sims, pianist Leonard Caston, Jr., bassist Louis Satterfield, and drummer Maurice White), Stewart invested the atmospheric, Latin-tinged I Do Love You with a falsetto-laden vocal that sounded like nothing else on the radio. It shot up to #6 R&B and #26 pop.

Four months later, Stewart did even better on the charts with the other gorgeous ballad done that day, Sitting In The Park. Pop audiences embraced Billy when he focused his quirky vocal delivery on George Gershwin and Dubose Heyward's hoary pop standard Summertime. Phil Wright's brassy arrangement was matched by Stewart's dazzling vocal gymnastics, resulting in his only Top 10 pop hit in 1966 (he lip-synched it on Dick Clark's ABC-TV program 'Where The Action Is' decked out in full cowboy attire). "Billy was a character!" laughs Gene Barge, who produced some of his later Chess sides. Another old pop standard, Secret Love, underwent a similar Stewartization, but 'Motormouth' eventually reverted to fresh material until a January 17, 1970 auto wreck in North Carolina killed him and three band members.

- Bill Dahl -

Various - Sweet Soul Music

Various - Sweet Soul Music 30 Scorching Classics From 1965

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