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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Billy Stewart

1. I Do Love You

2. Fat Boy

3. Reap What You Sow

4. Sitting In The Park

5. Love Me

6. Strange Feeling

7. Secret Love

8. Cross My Heart

9. Every Day I Have The Blues

10. Tell Me The Truth

11. Summertime

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Track List: I Do Love You

1. I Do Love You

2. Fat Boy

3. Reap What You Sow

4. Strange Feeling

5. Love Me

7. Cross My Heart

8. Tell Me The Truth

9. Every Day I Have The Blues

10. Sitting In The Park

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Track List: One More Time

1. Billy's Blues, Part Two

2. Fat Boy

3. Reap What You Sow

4. Sugar And Spice

5. Strange Feeling

6. Count Me Out

7. I Do Love You

8. Keep Lovin'

9. Sitting In The Park

10. Love Me

11. Summertime

12. How Nice It Is

13. Because I Love You

14. Everyday I Have The Blues

15. Secret Love

16. Cross My Heart

17. One More Time

18. Golly Golly Gee

19. Tell Me The Truth

20. I'm In Love (Oh, Yes I Am)

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nancyweissbe i n
Listening to Billy Stewart, I do love you❤️ before going to work. The mind is filled with so many wonderful memories. Have a bless day⭐️
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Old memories, from Diego town!
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The talent that this man had was truly enormous for that time period. To think what he could of accomplished if he had not left us at 32 yrs old. Another great example for living and loving every day we have. We miss you Billy!
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This is old old school real talk back in the day sitting in the park Right on Brother!! Don don Reese stlouis
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Billy's voice was one of the greatest in 1960's! He passed away in NC going to an engagement from Charlotte.
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Lala
I do luv you Andres S Always��❤️�� ! ! !
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CROSS MY <3 HEART ... That I love him ;)
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Billy's music ALWAYS puts me in a better mood! SO MANY excellent songs... the guy was the Mack.
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Oldies are the best to hear anytime makes you think about the past !!!
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Sitting in the park .... Love listing to oldies brings back great old memories
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Reminder of mr Zach kinsey Jones
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ralexander20 0 3
The Fat Cat from Philly
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I do love you .. Listening to oldies driving in my truck to the office on a beautiful day in Chicago ;)
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Love oldies I play it every Sundays
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nancyweissbe i n
I do love you❤️ smooth tone ❤️
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amazing
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I DO LOVE YOU ...<3
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Cross my heart that I love her
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So nice please love is the answer end the hate peace to all
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Kool brother R.I.P.
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Shaaaaaaaau- - - w o n d e r i n g if I have any sense!!!
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Billy Stewart!!
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Awww...Billy . I could listen to you All day and night. Gone too too young. Thank You for sharing your Beautiful talent.
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nancyweissbe i n
Sitting in the park, I love this song❤️
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Nothing like 60s and 70s soul and R&B. 69 years old and still groovin. ��lol.
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Yassss
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another true love song What more can u say but I DO Love U
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Oh yea this is a jam take me back billy Stewart ... siting in the park ....
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Classic soul from that taht DC talent
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I weren't be care if I was already dead ,when I know I was there to anjoy this beautiful music in life whit the women I was loving in the time.best jams ever.
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SO so goooooooood!
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L".J...febua r y . What
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The Fat Man sure could sing
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Love me some Billy Stewart
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My oh my great two-stepping song with the one u LOVE.
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jbfabela5
A true classic.
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Im jamming wit family catch me on siva kathleen
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The jams!!!!!!!
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This guy was MASTERFUL in delivering excellent music. Golly... so good.
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This Was Truly Real Music From The Heart and Soul... Unlike Today...The NAKED, MONKEY STROLLING FREAKS OF TODAY.NEGATI V E DEPRESSING DISRESPECTFU L NOISE OF TODAY... NO CLASS,JUST SOME FOUL STINKING ASSESS IN PEOPLES FACES...THES E SO CALLED artists, WELL THIS IS WHAT THEY ARE."A WASTE OF STUPID ". THEIR. SO CALLED
ASSES ARE KNOWN AS -THEIR INTELLIGENCE IS A VICTIM OF IGNORANCE... T H I S IS WHY THIS WORLD IS IMPLODING ON ITS SELF...STOP THE RAP BULLSHIT NOW...
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frank15117
Yes, those where the days when one could sit at the park with the one you loved and create those precious memories that would last a life time. Yes Billy was the man!
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Moonlight in Vermont. Sitting in the park. I do love you. Old memory of the young to be older. The beginning of one learning to explore the feeling of how you express yourself to a
young lady in the 60s.Billy Stewart was and still is Mr . express your true feelings. A true solo singer of our lives.

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BACK WHEN TIMES WERE REAL.. TODAY ITS ALL ABOUT LOOKS NO TALENT.. CHUBBY CANT GET SPOTLIGHTS THESE DAYS.. THIS GUY IS THE TRUTH.. TIMELESS MUSIC
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susanlbw
I will never forget this man and his music is still here with me today, as I can remember I saw him play at a place called Williams Lake , I live in NC and remember the day it was announced in our local news.
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sylviavarela 1 3
Simply one of the grtest singers in my world!Luv u n will nvr b 4gotten.RIP Billy!Ill hear Ur songs 4ever!
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his one of a kind sputter
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Love this song! !! It makes broken HREAT beat again��
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