Billy Hill

Decades Active: 1980s

Biography

14 July 1899, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, d. 24 December 1940, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. A prolific composer and lyricist during the 30s, whose songs have a comfortable, country feeling about them. This is probably owing to Hill spending a good deal of his early life travelling the American west, playing violin and piano in bars and dance halls. He wrote one of his first songs, ‘Old Man Of The Mountain’, with composer Victor Young in 1932, but from then on, apart from an occasional collaboration with Peter De Rose and one or two others, he generally provided both music and lyrics himself. He had his first hit in 1933 with ‘The Last Round-Up’, which was recorded by many artists including Guy Lombardo, George Olsen, Don Bestor, Bing Crosby and Young. Among his many other songs in the 30s were ‘Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue?)’, ‘The Old Spinning Wheel’ (US number 1 for Ray Noble), ‘Oh Muki Muki...

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