Billy Vera

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Tags: male vocalists deathgrind technical progressive death metal funky 16 corners male solo artist Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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William McCord, 28 May 1944, Riverside, California, USA. Vocalist and guitarist Vera was raised in the New York City metropolitan area, absorbing the sounds of the city’s extensive R&B scene. During the mid-60s he worked as a songwriter, with Rick Nelson and Barbara Lewis among the singers recording his songs. In 1967 he had a modest duet hit with Judy Clay, ‘Storybook Children’ (number 20 R&B), a wonderfully evocative ballad that was never matched by his subsequent soul hits. ‘Country Girl-City Man’, also with Clay (number 41 R&B), followed in 1968. A solo release, ‘With Pen In Hand’, and an album of the same name did little upon release in late 1968. In 1979 Vera formed Billy And The Beaters, a 10-piece aggregation comprised of Los Angeles studio musicians including ex-Steely Dan / Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter. Two of their singles, ‘I Can Take Care Of Myself’ and ‘At This...

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