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Billy Vera & The Beaters

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Billy Vera (born William McCord, 28 May 1944, Riverside, California, U.S.) is an American singer, actor, writer and music historian.

Vera began his singing career in 1962 as a member of the Resolutions. He went on to write several songs throughout the early 1960s, writing for the likes of Barbara Lewis, Fats Domino, The Shirelles and Ricky Nelson. He also wrote the garage band classic, “Don’t Look Back”, performed by the Remains.

In 1967 Vera penned a song entitled “Storybook Children” and brought it to Atlantic Records. The decision to place former gospel singer Judy Clay with Vera in a white-black duet to record the song was a commercial and artistic success and a subsequent album by Vera and Clay remains a highpoint for soul duet partnerships. He would have a solo hit later that same year with the Bobby Goldsboro penned “With Pen In Hand” which was also the name of his next album.

Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s Vera focused on songwriting including “I Really Got the Feeling” which was a number 1 hit for Dolly Parton. He also participated in several archival and music preservation projects, including fronting the band at the 1972 Reunion concert of Dion & the Belmonts.

Living in Los Angeles, and writing songs for Warner Brothers, Vera and his old friend, bass player Chuck Fiore decided to put together a band to play the local club scene.

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