Billy Stewart (24 March 1937 – 17 January 1970) was an American musical artist, with a highly distinctive scat-singing style, who enjoyed popularity in the early 1960s. Events 1401 - Mongol emperor Timur sacks Damascus. 1603 - James VI of Scotland Year 1937 ( MCMXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 38 BC - Octavian marries Livia Drusilla. 1287 - King Alfonso III of Aragon invades Minorca Year 1970 ( MCMLXX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A musician is a person who plays or writes Music. Musicians can be classified by their roles in creating or performing music An instrumentalist plays a In Vocal jazz, scat singing is vocal improvisation with random vocables and syllables or without words at all The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969
Stewart began singing publicly with his mother's group, the Stewart Gospel Singers, as a teenager. "Mom" "Mum" and "Mommy" redirect here 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. Don Covay (born Donald Randolph, 24 March 1938, Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States) is an influential It was also through the Rainbows that Stewart met another aspiring singer, a very young Marvin Gaye. Marvin Pentz Gay Jr, known as Marvin Gaye ( April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American Singer-songwriter 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. Rock and roll (also known as rock 'n' roll) is a form of Music that evolved in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s with roots in mostly African Bo Diddley ( December 30 1928 &ndash June 2 2008, born Ellas Otha Bates) was an original and influential American The piano is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard that produces sound by striking steel strings with Felt covered hammers Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D Session musicians are musicians available for hire as opposed to musicians who are either permanent members of a musical outfit or who have acquired fame in their own right This led to a recording contract with Diddley's label, Chess Records, and Diddley played guitar on Stewart's 1956 recording of "Billy's Blues". A recording contract (commonly called a record deal) is a legal agreement between a Record label and a Recording artist (or group where the artist In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Chess Records was an American Record label based in Chicago Illinois. The guitar is a Musical instrument with ancient roots that is used in a wide variety of musical styles Stewart then moved to Okeh Records and recorded "Billy's Heartache" backed by the Marquees, another D. Okeh Records began as an Independent record label based in the United States of America in 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. Artists and Repertoire ( A&R) is the division of a Record label that is responsible for talent scouting and artist development 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. Record chart are a method of ranking Music according to Popularity during a given period of time Stewart hit both the pop and R&B charts in 1965 with the self-written songs, “I Do Love You” and “Sitting in the Park. Pop music as a genre features a noticeable rhythmic element catchy melodies and hooks, a mainstream style and conventional structure ” His improvisational technique of doubling-up, scatting his words and trilling his lips made his style unique in the 1960s.
In 1966, wishing to appeal to a wider audience, Stewart recorded the LP Billy Stewart Teaches Old Standards New Tricks. A gramophone The first single released from that album was Stewart's radical stand-out interpretation of the George Gershwin classic "Summertime", a top ten hit on both the pop and R&B charts. An album or record album is a collection of related audio or Music tracks distributed to the public George Gershwin (September 26 1898 &ndash July 11 1937 was an American Composer. The Top Forty or Top 40 is a music industry shorthand for the currently most-popular songs in a particular genre. In Popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list&mdasha Chart &mdashof top The follow-up single was Stewart's cover version of the Doris Day hit "Secret Love", which just missed the top ten on the R&B chart. In Popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition ( Performance or Recording) of a previously recorded commercially released Doris Mary Anne von Kappelhoff (born April 3, 1922) is an American Singer, actress, and animal welfare advocate known as
While Stewart continued to record throughout the remainder of the 1960s on Chess without major success, his weight problem worsened and he developed diabetes. Diabetes mellitus (ˌdaɪəˈbiːtiːz or /ˌdaɪəˈbiːtəs/ /məˈlaɪtəs/ or /ˈmɛlətəs/ often referred to simply as diabetes ( Ancient Greek: grc He also suffered minor injuries in a motorcycle accident in 1969. His life was tragically cut short on January 17, 1970, just two months prior to his 33rd birthday, when the car he was driving plunged into the Neuse River in Selma, North Carolina, killing him and three members of his band. The Neuse River is a major permanent stream rising in the piedmont of North Carolina, emptying into the Pamlico Sound below New Bern. Selma is a town in Johnston County, North Carolina, United States. A musical ensemble is a group of two or more Musicians who perform instrumental or vocal Music.
During the late 1970's and early 1980's, in the West Coast, his music was very popular among Latino, specifically Chicano, youth.
In 2005 weeks after Hurricane Katrina, rare recordings of Billy Stewart's music could be heard around the French Quarters of New Orleans, being played by the soulful female DJ known as Savannah Rose. When asked, she simply replied, "its my commitment to keep this music alive, look what he has given us. "
Billy Stewart was inducted into the Washington Area Music Association Hall of Fame in 1982.
Chess 1496: I Do Love You (1965) (Billboard #97) Chess 1499: Unbelievable (1965) (Billboard #138) Chess 1513: Billy Stewart Teaches Old Standards New Tricks (1967) Chess 1547: Remembered (1969) Sugar Hill Chess CH-8401: The Greatest Sides (1982)