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Billy Stewart

Pianist and singer Billy Stewart was a distinctive and influential R&B vocalist whose stuttering delivery and word-repetition technique borrowed liberally from the jazz practice of scat singing. Born in Washington, D.C., in 1937, Stewart started singing publicly with his mother's group, the Stewart Gospel Singers, as a teenager. He moved into secular music by filling in occasionally for the Rainbows, a D.C.-area vocal group led by future soul star Don Covay; like fellow Rainbows substitute Marvin Gaye, Stewart never recorded with them. Despite winning a local talent contest with a unique rendition of Gershwin's "Summertime," Stewart was first discovered as a pianist, not a singer -- while passing through on a tour, Bo Diddley heard him playing backstage and offered him a job as a backing musician. Thanks to his connection with Diddley, Stewart cut his first solo single, "Billy's Blues," for Chess in 1956. He moved to Okeh in 1957 and recorded "Billy's Heartache" backed by the Marquees, another D.C.-area group featuring Gaye.

Stewart would not return to his solo career until 1962, when he returned to Chess and cut a song called "Fat Boy," a nickname he'd acquired for straightforward reasons. He scored his first charting single on the R&B side with "Reap What You Sow," recorded at the same session, and began to hit his creative stride with the warm "Strange Feeling" in 1963. The following year's "Count Me Out" was only a regional hit, but Stewart broke through in 1965 with two lovely R&B ballad hits, "I Do Love You" (which became the title track of his first album) and "Sitting in the Park." Stewart toured heavily behind those two successes, and also charted the following year with "How Nice It Is" and "Because I Love You." Later in 1966, he returned to the Chess studio to cut an album of jazz and pop standards, Unbelievable. Stewart's unique vocal stylings were in full flower, earning him the new nickname "Motormouth," and his revisitation of "Summertime" landed in the Top Ten on both the pop and R&B charts; it still ranks among the more radical reinterpretations of the oft-recorded warhorse. A waxing of Doris Day's "Secret Love" just missed the R&B Top Ten. However, the hits subsequently dried up, and Stewart's weight problem had worsened into diabetes. In 1969, he suffered minor injuries in a motorcycle accident, but the real tragedy struck on January 17, 1970, when the car Stewart was driving went off the road and plunged into the Neuse River in North Carolina, killing Stewart and the three bandmembers riding with him. He was not quite 33. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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bevbevan
His auto accident is very similar to that of Karen Silkwood. A tragedy in any case. Stewart should be in the R&R HOF for his influence on other Soul Singers.
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Love it,es todo
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I met and talked with Billy the night before his fatal auto accident. I will always remember this song I Do Love You he sang this using Echo system in the club. I have never heard anything like it since GREAT ..RQ/rlh
I met and talked with Billy the night before his fatal auto accident. I will always remember this song I Do Love You he sang this using Echo system in the club. I have never heard anything like it since GREAT ..RQ/rlh
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One of my fav's ) many memory's of my child hood... My dad was on the OLDIES car club and now president of another car club!
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jmobley156
So many good memories!
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The song i wanted to hear before i go to sleep thinking of you bby Me & You daddy against the world ....I DO LOVE YOU!!!
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lawpete49
Dixie Peach on my Ban-Lon shirt!! It never came off & I'll never forget!!!!
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that fat boy could sing!!!
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I do love u, my baby!
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I'm sitting in the park waiting for you Jacquie
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That Fat Boy cld sing like no other,Mr.Bil l y Steward.
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Brings back so much good memories of my first llove ������
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Sitting in the park waiting for oooooooooo.. . . . . . . . . . . . .
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manleymorris o n 3
The song reminds me of the Summer of 67, I was 15. We had battery operated portable record players - I was waiting for my girlfriend to come out the house and meet me in the park. My friends and I were playing this song on the portable - I thought Lydia had stood me up, I found out the next day her father wouldn't let her come out after 9:00. This song brought back 47 year old memory of my youth - WOW!!!!
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I want a girl that's true
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Lol lol��
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Lol
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knew Billy as a kid mom lived around the corner big corner house in n.w. Washington dc he would talk sing kid around with us real kool guy. keith
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j2walsh2002
I'm coming all da way from CALI babe :-)
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j2walsh2002
I DO LOVE YOU, YES I DO, That's right and this goes out to eveybody :-)
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Wen i was kid
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I Do L<3ve You
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Sitting in the park waiting for you <3
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:)
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classic!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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Sitting in the park with my back against the fence waiting for you...
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This has got to be one of the greatest of great all time old school. Slow Dance Songs, this song had it all, no words needed to be spoken, real music, people of today could learn something about Real Music, and the message it carries
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never the less i said you got me waiting..... . . . w a i t i n g for you
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Baby makin' music ;)
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Good song
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LOVE ME SOME BRENDA & THE TABULATION STATION
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Beggin u on benndin kneel
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BENITO BARRETO JIMENEZ ,.-´+´-., GRACIAS ,.-´+´-.,
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BENDICIONES ,.-´+´-., RECORDANDO AQUELLOS AYERES ,.-´+´-., LOS DUKES WEST SIDE 28 STREET Y MAPLE STREET ,.-´+´-.,
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Love ur music Billy! *,*
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that fat boy could sing
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Oldies are the best music ever
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mmallen3450
What a precious left for all generations
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SITTING IN THE PARKE CLEAN JAM
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marie97alyss a
love it
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Too clean
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This is so great for my soul!
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surita482
Sandra 59 love this music
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I cross my heart that I love her yeayea I love this song
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SIMON IDO LOVE YOU
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Its my bday i miss my brother i do love u!!!!
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True love song from old school
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Pure lowriding music,doesn' t get any better RIP MR STEWART.
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His singing style has influenced many today!! Love this song such a classic riding jam makes me miss my 84 Oldsmobile 98!!
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Great music
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