Billy Lee Riley Similar Artists

Warren Smith - 100% match to Billy Lee Riley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s
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Sonny Burgess - 97% match to Billy Lee Riley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1990s 2000s
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Albert Burgess, 28 May 1931, Newport, Arkansas, USA. As a child Burgess earned the name ‘Sonny’ as a result of his father also being called Albert. Inspired by the Grand Ole Opry show transmitted over WSM’s airwaves, he set about learning to play a catalogue-purchased guitar. He joined his first country band while at high school, eventually moving from the rol Read more

Carl Mann - 72% match to Billy Lee Riley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 August 1942, Huntingdon, Tennessee, USA. Mann was a rockabilly artist who recorded his only two chart singles for the Phillips International label, owned by Sam Phillips, proprietor of the legendary Sun Records. Mann was a singer and pianist whose group, the Kool Kats, was based in Jackson, Tennessee, when they recorded their first tracks for the small Jaxon label, owned Read more

Ray Smith - 67% match to Billy Lee Riley

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Johnny Burnette - 61% match to Billy Lee Riley

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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28 March 1934, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 1 August 1964, Clear Lake, California, USA. Having attended the same high school as Elvis Presley, Johnny moved into the rockabilly genre by forming a trio with his brother Dorsey Burnette on string bass and schoolfriend Paul Burlison (b. 4 February 1929, Brownsville, Tennessee, USA, d. 27 September 2003, Horn Lake, Mississippi, US Read more

Ronnie Self - 53% match to Billy Lee Riley

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s
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Jack Scott - 52% match to Billy Lee Riley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Giovanni Dominico Scafone Jnr., 24 January 1936, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. This distinctive, deep-voiced rock ‘n’ roll and ballad singer-songwriter moved to Detroit at the age of 10, and began performing regularly with his sister Linda on the WEXL radio station. After changing his name to Jack Scott, he formed the C&W outfit Southern Drifters in 1954. Playing a Read more

Eddie Bond - 50% match to Billy Lee Riley

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edward James Bond, 1 July 1933, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Bond first sang on local Memphis radio and television in 1955 and released his first single, ‘Double Duty Lovin’’/‘Talking Off The Wall’, on Ekko that year. He worked with Elvis Presley and Johnny Horton on Shreveport’s Louisiana Hayride and in 1957/8, he recorded six tracks in Memphis for Read more

Joe Clay - 50% match to Billy Lee Riley

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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Claiborne Joseph Cheramie, 8 September 1938, Harvey, Louisiana, USA. Clay was a rockabilly singer and guitarist who recorded two singles in the late 50s and entered a 30-year period of obscurity before being rediscovered by fans of that music. Clay fronted the C.J. Cheramie Trio in Louisiana in the early 50s, playing the Louisiana Hayride in 1955 on a bill with Elvis Presley Read more

Bob Luman - 47% match to Billy Lee Riley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Glynn Luman, 15 April 1937, Blackjack, near Nacogdoches, Texas, USA, d. 27 December 1978, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Luman’s father, Joe, a school caretaker, bus driver and gifted musician, taught his son country music, but Luman’s first love was baseball, which he played on a semi-professional basis until 1959. He was influenced by seeing Elvis Presley in c Read more

Glen Glenn - 45% match to Billy Lee Riley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Orin Glenn Troutman, 24 October 1934, Joplin, Missouri, USA. From 1948 Glenn was raised in San Dimas, California, and began performing music professionally from the end of 1952. This early music making was as a country singer and guitarist and he met and played with another guitarist, Gary Lambert, the pair naming themselves the Missouri Mountain Boys. They made a few record Read more

Carl Perkins - 44% match to Billy Lee Riley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Carl Lee Perkins, 9 April 1932, Ridgely, Tennessee, USA (his birth certificate misspelled the last name as Perkings), d. 19 January 1998, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Carl Perkins was one of the most renowned rockabilly artists recording for Sun Records in the 50s and the author of the classic song ‘Blue Suede Shoes’. As a guitarist, he influenced many of the next ge Read more

Onie Wheeler - 40% match to Billy Lee Riley

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s
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Onie Daniel Wheeler, 10 November 1921, Senath, Missouri, USA, d. 26 May 1984, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Wheeler was a country singer whose career lasted for nearly 40 years, although only one single charted in the USA. Wheeler won a talent contest while serving in the armed forces during World War II and, upon leaving the service in 1945, he chose to pursue a singing career Read more

Janis Martin - 38% match to Billy Lee Riley

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s
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Dale Hawkins - 36% match to Billy Lee Riley

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Delmar Allen Hawkins, 22 August 1936, Goldmine, Louisiana, USA. Born into a musical family where his father Delmar, and later. his younger brother Jerry were both musicians. The latter recorded three unsuccessful singles. Dale Hawkins was one of the earliest exponents of rockabilly, and this underrated singer-guitarist was discovered in 1955 by Shreveport record distributor Read more


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