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

Raised in Marietta, Georgia, Royal became a local singing sensation in the 1950s and 1960s at the Bamboo Ranch in Savannah, Georgia. He is best known for the 1965 top-ten pop hit "Down in the Boondocks", which along with the singles "I Knew You When" (top 20, 1965) and "Hush" (1966) were written and produced by friend Joe South. His 1969…

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