Billy Yates

Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

13 March 1963, Doniphan, Missouri, USA. Country singer-songwriter Yates was raised on a small farm in rural Missouri, just across the border from Arkansas. As a child he used to sing with his family on short radio broadcasts on KDFN-AM in Doniphan, and occasionally performed at country fairs. After graduating from high school he began performing at local music theatres, and followed in his father’s footsteps by setting up his own barbershop in his home-town. In 1987, Yates moved to Nashville where he continued to work as a barber while singing demos and playing at local clubs. He earned a songwriting contract with the Hori-Pro Entertainment Group, and enjoyed his first big success in 1992 when George Jones covered his ‘I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair’ (the track won the CMA Vocal Event award the following year). Yates went on to enjoy further success with songs recorded by Gary Allan (‘I’ve Got A Quarter In My Pocket’), Tracy...

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