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Billy Vera

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: May 28, 1944    

Billy Vera

Born May 28, 1944 in Riverside, California, Billy was named after his father, Bill McCord, who worked as a staff announcer for NBC in New York, where Billy grew up. His mom, Ann Ryan, was one of the Ray Charles Singers on record and TV with Perry Como. Still in his teens, Billy made his first record. One side, “My Heart Cries,” was popular in the Northeast, while the other side, the self-penned “All My Love,” saw regional action in Texas and Louisiana. The first song he ever presented to a publisher, “Mean Old World,” became a chart hit for Ricky Nelson and, one year later, his “Make Me Belong To You,” was a summer hit for Atlantic Records star Barbara Lewis...
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Awards

"At This Moment" #1 January, 1987, exposed on NBC's Family Ties 1st hit record: "Storybook Children" duet with Judy Clay, Atlantic Records, 1967. 1st solo hit: "With Pen In Hand", Atlantic, 1968. 1st hit as a songwriter: "Mean Old World Ricky Nelson", 1965. 1st #1 as a songwriter: "I Really Got The Feeling", Dolly Parton, 1979. Biggest selling song: Papa Come Quick (Jody & Chico) on Bonnie Raitt's "Luck of the Draw" - over 5 million to date. 1st acting role: as Pinky Carruthers in "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai" 1st #1 as a record producer: Lou Rawls's Grammy- nominated "At Last" Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame Peabody Award for Excellence in Radio Broadcasting Noted music historian has produced over 200 reissue albums.
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    Something Like Nothing Before

    Victor
    1992

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