Billie Jo Spears

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Descriptive "tags": country female vocalists classic country oldies Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

14 January 1937, Beaumont, Texas, USA. Discovered by songwriter Jack Rhodes, Spears’ first record, as Billie Jo Moore, ‘Too Old For Toys, Too Young For Boys’, earned her $4, 200 at the age of 15. Despite appearances on The Louisiana Hayride, she did not record regularly until she signed with United Artists Records in 1964. Following her producer, Kelso Herston, to Capitol Records, she had country hits with ‘He’s Got More Love In His Little Finger’ and ‘Mr. Walker, It’s All Over’. After time off following the removal of a nodule on her vocal cords, she recorded briefly for Brite Star and Cutlass. In 1974, Spears returned to United Artists Records where producer Larry Butler was developing a successful country roster. Her transatlantic smash, ‘Blanket On The Ground’, was controversial in America. ‘It sounded like a cheating song, ’ says Spears, ‘and the public don’t think girls should sing...

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