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Billy Stewart

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Billy Stewart (March 24, 1937 – January 17, 1970) was an American musical artist, with a highly distinctive scat-singing style, who enjoyed popularity in the early 1960s.

Billy Stewart began singing publicly with his mother’s group, the Stewart Gospel Singers, as a teenager. He made the transition to secular music by filling in occasionally for the Rainbows, a D.C. area vocal group led by future soul star Don Covay. It was also through the Rainbows that Stewart met another aspiring singer, a very young Marvin Gaye. Seminal rock and roller Bo Diddley has been credited with discovering Stewart playing piano in Washington, D.C. in 1956 and inviting him to be one of his backup musicians. This led to a recording contract with Bo Diddley’s label, Chess Records, and Bo Diddley played guitar on Stewart’s 1956 recording of “Billy’s Blues”. Stewart then moved to Okeh Records and recorded “Billy’s Heartache” backed by the Marquees, another D.C. area group which was now featuring Marvin Gaye.

Back at Chess in the early 1960s, Stewart began working with A&R man Billy Davis. He cut a song called “Fat Boy”. Showing additional promise with his recordings of “Reap What You Sow” and “Strange Feeling”, major chart success was not far away. Stewart hit both the pop and R&B charts big in 1965 with the songs, “I Do Love You” and “Sitting in the Park.” His improvisational technique of doubling-up, scatting his words and trilling his lips made his style unique in the 1960s.

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  • MURDERGHOST

    Underrated... love you.... FATBOY...

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • FredMalus

    Ein Appell an iTunes und andere Anbieter: so viele mittelmäßige Sänger werden wieder für Downloads aktiviert, warum nicht dieser außergewöhnliche Künstler. Is an appeal to iTunes and other providers: so many mediocre singers are re-enabled for downloads, why not this extraordinary artist.

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Katigoroshko

    Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...uck Chuck a-chuck-chuck

    19 May 2013 Reply
  • sandradolly

    WOW just listened to Summertime by Billy Stewart for the first time ever - so FRESH! Love it when I find someone new - FANTASTIC

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ShiningStar911

    ❤ Billy Stewart ❥

    8 Apr 2012 Reply
  • turbydude

    One of the best....and unique.

    15 Aug 2011 Reply
  • ThyFoetalMind

    Where can I find a link to get Billy's I Do Love You album? I've searched high and low, and I'm coming up dry. :(

    7 May 2011 Reply
  • mastalna

    I love Billy Stewart!! His songs take me back to my young, happy and carefree years. I love reminiscing to his songs.

    25 Oct 2010 Reply
  • jpmsimoes

    one of the best summertime versions ever

    6 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Rowsenator

    hey baby, I'm nearer now! How art thou?

    24 May 2009 Reply
  • razor851

    Hardcore.

    11 May 2009 Reply
  • dualdisaster

    Sitting in the Park is a beautiful song. This is real talent.

    7 May 2009 Reply
  • Sonofthe60s

    I used to hear him on Philadelphia radio referred to as "The Round Mound of Sound." The man could sing!

    18 Apr 2009 Reply
  • didi-soulie

    secret love could be the best of all, love it

    9 Apr 2009 Reply
  • philla12

    This and ''I Do Love You '',are my all time best

    21 Feb 2009 Reply
  • jogatonga

    ein genie den beat im arsch

    12 Feb 2009 Reply
  • vago_mexicano

    Billy Stewart is the greatest artist to ever take up the mic. His vocal deliverance is flawless and his style is phenomenal. The songs he made are immortalized.

    3 Feb 2009 Reply
  • kronic_King13

    This man is a genius and his music is timeless. Billy will live on forever

    31 Jan 2009 Reply
  • LucitaSanchez

    çok kışkırtıcı..

    17 Jan 2009 Reply
  • csburton

    This was "our" song all those years ago and still is. Guess it always will be.

    7 Nov 2008 Reply
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