Eddie Billups (New London, Connecticut February 1, 1933) was an American rhythm & blues and soul singer.
Billups started at an early age singing and playing the piano. He started traveling and performing for our troops at age 15 with the USO. At 18, Billups had to set aside his dancing shoes for the sole purpose of serving his country. He served for the next four years but never lost sight of his vision. After returning home and completing four years of college, Billups decided to focus his attention solely on his music.
In 1961 he taught himself how to play the drums and has been playing them every day since. He is one of the first with the ability to play the drums while singing and wooing the crowd. He has traveled extensively throughout the States and has played in nine countries.
After his last trip abroad accompanied by Oscar Toney Jr., he moved to Atlanta by way of Mississippi playing with Lattimore and the late ZZ Hill. He stayed there for 15 years learning the "low-down Southern blues" and the dialect throughout the South. He played with saxophonist King Charles of Long Island, N.Y., Wilson Pickett, Jackie Wilson, Clarence Carter, Bill Doggett, Rufus and Carla Thomas and many more. He is known as the "short man with the funky foot."
There is a lot of confusion regarding Shorty Billups and Eddie Billups various records
According to Shorty Billups, from an interview with him in 1991, he and Eddie are brothers. Shorty sings and plays drums, and Eddie plays keyboards. At some point due to "personal reasons" which he wanted to remain off-the-record, Shorty wanted the records issued under Eddie's name, even though Shorty says he is the vocalist on ALL of their records together. There is one possible exception, noted below. Seems reasonable, given that their earliest records (United Artists, Blast, Tri-boro), which seem to be just the vocalist in front of a studio band, were all issued as by Shorty. The later (mid-60s) 45s, when they were a self-contained unit, go either way. Sometimes the same sides were issued as by Eddie on one label, and by Shorty on another.
According to Shorty, the only possible exception is the B-side "Rap on Alone" which may be Eddie in duet with Mickey Jackson….
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