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The Happenings - 100% match to Billy Joe Royal

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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The Happenings were a vocal harmony group from Paterson, New Jersey, USA that specialized in reviving classic songs. They comprised Bob Miranda (lead), Ralph DiVito (baritone; replaced by Bernie LaPorta in 1968), David Libert (bass) and Thomas Giuliano (tenor). They met while in military service at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and after leaving formed the Four Graduates. In addition t Read more

Jay & The Americans - 71% match to Billy Joe Royal

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US act was formed in 1961 when former Mystics vocalist John ‘Jay’ Traynor (2 November 1938) joined ex-Harbor Lites duo Kenny Rosenberg, aka Kenny Vance, and Sandy Yaguda, aka Sandy Deane. Howie Kane (b. Howard Kerschenbaum) completed the line-up, which in turn secured a recording contract through the aegis of the songwriting and production team, Leiber And Sto Read more

The Vogues - 71% match to Billy Joe Royal

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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This US vocal group was formed in Turtle Creek, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by school friends Bill Burkette (lead baritone), Don Miller (baritone), Hugh Geyer (first tenor) and Chuck Blasko (second tenor). They began singing as the Val-Aires in 1960, but took the above name prior to signing with the tiny Co & Ce label. In 1965 the Vogues scored two US number 4 singles wi Read more

Tommy Roe - 71% match to Billy Joe Royal

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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9 May 1942, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Vocalist Roe began his career with high school act, the Satins. The group performed several of his compositions, notably ‘Sheila’, which they recorded in 1960. The single was unsuccessful, but Roe revived the song two years later upon securing a solo deal. This Buddy Holly -influenced rocker topped the US chart, and reached the To Read more

Classics IV - 70% match to Billy Joe Royal

Genres: Pop / Rock
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The Buckinghams - 69% match to Billy Joe Royal

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Chicago, Illinois, USA, in 1966, the Buckinghams originally comprised Dennis Tufano (11 September 1946, Chicago, Illinois, USA; vocals), Carl Giammarese (b. 21 August 1947, Chicago, Illinois, USA; lead guitar), Dennis Miccoli (organ), Nick Fortuna (b. 1 May 1946, Chicago, Illinois, USA; bass) and Jon Poulos (b. 31 March 1947, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 26 March 198 Read more

Vanity Fare - 65% match to Billy Joe Royal

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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This late 60s British pop quintet, which took its name (respelled) from Thackeray’s famous novel, comprised: Dick Allix (3 May 1945, Gravesend, Kent, England; drums), Trevor Brice (b. 12 February 1945, Rochester, Kent, England; vocals), Tony Goulden (b. 21 November 1944, Rochester, Kent, England; guitar), Tony Jarrett (b. 4 September 1944; double bass and guitar) and Ba Read more

Lou Christie - 59% match to Billy Joe Royal

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco, 19 February 1943, Glen Willard, Pennsylvania, USA. A former student of classical music, Christie moved to New York in 1963 where he sang backing vocals on a variety of sessions. Before beginning his string of hits, Christie recorded unsuccessfully with such groups as the Classics, Lugee And The Lions and the Tammys. Although his high falsetto wa Read more

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap - 56% match to Billy Joe Royal

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Originally known as the Outcasts, a San Diego act renowned for cover versions, this popular group took the name Union Gap in January 1967. Although burdened by a passé image - they dressed in American Civil War uniforms - ‘General’ Gary Puckett (17 October 1942, Hibbing, Minnesota, USA; vocals), ‘Sergeant’ Dwight Benett (b. December 1945, San Diego Read more

The Cowsills - 49% match to Billy Joe Royal

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Billed as ‘America’s First Family Of Music’, the Cowsills originally featured Bill (William Joseph Cowsill Jnr., 9 January 1948, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, d. 17 February 2006, Canada; guitar/vocals), Bob (b. Robert Paul Cowsill, 26 August 1949, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA; guitar/vocals), Barry (b. 14 September 1954, Newport, Rhode Island, USA, d. 28 Decemb Read more

Gary Lewis & The Playboys - 47% match to Billy Joe Royal

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s
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The Grass Roots - 47% match to Billy Joe Royal

Genres: Folk Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Although several Californian acts claimed this sobriquet, including the embryonic Love, it was appropriated by songwriters P.F. Sloan (Phillip Gary Schlein, 18 September 1945, New York City, New York, USA) and Steve Barri (b. Steven Barry Lipkin, 23 February 1942, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA), who employed the name pseudonymously on several folk rock performances. Read more

Wayne Fontana - 46% match to Billy Joe Royal

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Glyn Ellis, 28 October 1945, Manchester, England. After changing his name in honour of Elvis Presley’s drummer D.J. Fontana, Wayne was signed to the appropriately named Fontana Records by A&R head Jack Baverstock. Wayne’s backing group, the Mindbenders from the horror film of the same name, were as accomplished as their leader and provided a gritty accompanimen Read more

Spanky & Our Gang - 45% match to Billy Joe Royal

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The original line-up of this engaging US harmony group - Elaine ‘Spanky’ McFarlane (19 June 1942; tambourine/washboard), Nigel Pickering (12-string guitar) and Oz Bach (stand-up bass/kazoo) - began performing together in Chicago’s folk clubs. Within months they were joined by Malcolm Hale (guitar/vocals) and John George Seiter (drums) and this restructured lin Read more

Crispian St. Peters - 44% match to Billy Joe Royal

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robin Peter Smith, 5 April 1939, Swanley, Kent, England. Originally a member of UK pop acts the Beat Formula Three and Peter And The Wolves, Smith was plucked from obscurity by manager Dave Nicolson, rechristened Crispian St. Peters and signed to a 10-year management and production contract. After two unsuccessful singles for Decca Records (‘At This Moment’ and  Read more


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