Billy Vera “A Simple Little Song”
“A Simple Little Song”
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Publishing: Billy Vera
Publishing Affiliation: ASCAP
Album Title: A Simple Little Song
Record Label: Vera Cruz
Billy Vera has just released the first official single “A Simple Little Song” from his current Timeless CD album. Billy was born in Riverside, California but actually grew up in Hartsdale, NY. His father was radio and television announcer Bill McCord & his mother, singer Ann Ryan, was a member of the Ray Charles Singers backing Perry Como on his TV show and his hit records. Billy went on to a songwriting career and in the 60s, wrote songs for Barbara Lewis, Fats Domino, The Shirelles, Ricky Nelson among many. In 1967 along with good friend Chip Taylor they penned “Storybook Children” which later became his first Hit with singer Judy Clay. It was a move to Los Angeles Vera where he teamed up with his old friend, bass player Chuck Fiore and they put together a band to play the local club scene called The Beaters. On a legendary Monday midnight show at the Troubadour, the band was signed to Alfa Records. Now known as Billy & The Beaters they had their first big hit in “I Can Take Care of Myself”. Billy biggest success, a song called “At This Moment”, went to #1 on both the pop & AC charts. “At This Moment” propelled a movie career and he and the Beaters were featured prominently in the Bruce Willis movie Blind Date, the TV series, Wiseguy and several other roles on shows such as Baywatch, Boy Meets World, and a recurring role as Duke on Beverly Hills 90210 as well as nine appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Billy and the Beaters are still playing the Southern California club scene, he continues his work as a music historian & since 1999 has been one of the top voice-over artists in the industry. With the release of the new single “A Simple Little Song” the music world and fans are excited for his new chapter.
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