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Billy Stewart

Pianist and singer Billy Stewart was a distinctive and influential R&B vocalist whose stuttering delivery and word-repetition technique borrowed liberally from the jazz practice of scat singing. Born in Washington, D.C., in 1937, Stewart started singing publicly with his mother's group, the Stewart Gospel Singers, as a teenager. He moved into secular music by filling in occasionally for the Rainbows, a D.C.-area vocal group led by future soul star Don Covay; like fellow Rainbows substitute Marvin Gaye, Stewart never recorded with them. Despite winning a local talent contest with a unique rendition of Gershwin's "Summertime," Stewart was first discovered as a pianist, not a singer -- while passing through on a tour, Bo Diddley heard him playing backstage and offered him a job as a backing musician. Thanks to his connection with Diddley, Stewart cut his first solo single, "Billy's Blues," for Chess in 1956. He moved to Okeh in 1957 and recorded "Billy's Heartache" backed by the Marquees, another D.C.-area group featuring Gaye.

Stewart would not return to his solo career until 1962, when he returned to Chess and cut a song called "Fat Boy," a nickname he'd acquired for straightforward reasons. He scored his first charting single on the R&B side with "Reap What You Sow," recorded at the same session, and began to hit his creative stride with the warm "Strange Feeling" in 1963. The following year's "Count Me Out" was only a regional hit, but Stewart broke through in 1965 with two lovely R&B ballad hits, "I Do Love You" (which became the title track of his first album) and "Sitting in the Park." Stewart toured heavily behind those two successes, and also charted the following year with "How Nice It Is" and "Because I Love You." Later in 1966, he returned to the Chess studio to cut an album of jazz and pop standards, Unbelievable. Stewart's unique vocal stylings were in full flower, earning him the new nickname "Motormouth," and his revisitation of "Summertime" landed in the Top Ten on both the pop and R&B charts; it still ranks among the more radical reinterpretations of the oft-recorded warhorse. A waxing of Doris Day's "Secret Love" just missed the R&B Top Ten. However, the hits subsequently dried up, and Stewart's weight problem had worsened into diabetes. In 1969, he suffered minor injuries in a motorcycle accident, but the real tragedy struck on January 17, 1970, when the car Stewart was driving went off the road and plunged into the Neuse River in North Carolina, killing Stewart and the three bandmembers riding with him. He was not quite 33. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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he sing a good over the rainbow
keep this music alive to give soulful love to the world
leandrropena
Waiting for you...
one day..lol
Music
nancyweissbe i n
I love this song "I do love you", brings back memories ❤️
I met and talked with Billy the night before his fatal auto accident. I will always remember this song I Do Love You he sang this using Echo system in the club. I have never heard anything like it since GREAT ..RQ/rlh
The one and only....... BILLY baby!!
Bobby g being from down south doing that time everything was regional.I was drafted and station at ft Bragg, NC, when i was introduce to this music. Love it.
Rola
good days
Billy, what a sound... unique, joyous, energetic ... gone way tooo soon
MAN THIS STUFF IS GREAT,TO BAD FOR THE PEOPLE NOT BROUGHT UP WITH THIS!
THANK YOU FOR THE BEAUITFUL SONGS SMILE..
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Sitting In The Park. YES, I LOVE MY OLD SCHOOL. TONIGHT IS OLD SCHOOL NIGHT ON ART LABOE AT HOT 92.3. ANYONE CAN LISTEN BY PUTER AND ANYONE FROM ANYWHERE CAN CALL IN A DEDICATION. COME LISTEN TO MY HOMIES TONIGHT STARTING AT 7PM PST. 9PM CST, AND 10PM EST. PEACE, LOVE, AND HAVE FUN. INFO TO FOLLOW
A LATE 70S AND EARLY 80S GROUP CALLED G.Q REMADE BILLY STEWART SONGS ITS WAS OKAY. BUT IT IS ONE BILLY STEWART ( R.I.P)
Fat boy
Holdinq it down
I remember some of his songs, never knew anything about him. His music was pretty good.
FIRME ROLA
Las medas rolas,La Tusa Ariza...
Love me some Billy Stewart.... Even though GQ remade this song, there's nothing like the original.... G Q made it funky, Billy made it special... RIP Bill
Love Billy RIP TOO MUCH TOO LITTLE-KNOWN BY MANY BUT WE ARE YOUR FANS.
Ves we Chicanas ( os) love this music it touches your soul. Summertime and windows opened and loud music everyone could hear fr. Blocks away. ♥
Love Billy..let him tell it!!
bn21502
I remember singing his songs in Brooklyn in front of my house and people would come to hear us sing our way. The good old days. People would come to hear us sing the songs of Diana Rose the three the three of us. We also sang Billy Stewart Song I do love you. Those
He was the man. His songs bring back a lot of memories. I'm Robert from Tucson arizona
Alright now Homeboylllll l l l
I do luvvvv u...
Firme rollas reminds me of my dad and uncle's!
E.L.A. Babe
Love this song takes me back to memory lane
Fantastic!! Music!
LUV THIS ROLA HOW NICE IT IS!!!
Go Baby.
j.rhonda
A real talent!
i loveit to nice
How nice it is ...its a jam ....BILLY STEWART JAMS ALL DAY U NO...WILMAS WEST SUR13
I luv this song.. my brother passed away in 2008 & he loved oldies to the fullest, so we played this song at his memorial. No joke ,every time I'm thinking of him while I'm listening to an oldies station , this song comes on... I will always love this song. Classic song.., love it. Love it.!
his style of delivery is still lives on and is performed by beautiful jewels
Billy marvin chuck we miss you
jake188
the night he died I was at the cellar in charlotte nc when they announced his death. It was awful
mphil63296
I remember him as a young teen, going to his show in the brooklyn Brevoort theater, one thing his bio didn't mention, the man was fly he would wear the golf sweaters alpacas from the blye shop and alligator shoes. HE HAD STYLE, I thought he had been shot by a woman . Truly a soul icon
Timeless rola beautiful voice simon q si!!!!
michaelruby7 4 6
Billy stewart is one of the great's who i enjoy listing to to bad we have to lose him. It seem's like all the greatest people die before there time. Michael ruby.
CHINGONA ESTA ROLITA RAZA.
This man could SANG.RIP
R.I.P Billy, that man had a smooth voice
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