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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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Its my bday i miss my brother i do love u!!!!
boost1234.bm
True love song from old school
Pure lowriding music,doesn' t get any better RIP MR STEWART.
His singing style has influenced many today!! Love this song such a classic riding jam makes me miss my 84 Oldsmobile 98!!
Great music
Sitting in The Park: Great old music,.
Still Loving You Sweetie. I Am Holding You Close To My Heart.
Waiting for you...
mascher4
Just simply beautiful.
Luv fat boy music
This is what it's all bout y'all !!!
love this man's style. lovely
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I like your music
Fat Boy as he called himself (and also a title of one of his best songs), sang some of the best love songs ever...Just imagine how many great hits he would have had if not for his untimely tragic death...RIP my man.
I was told that my dad was sitting in the park waiting for my mom. So we play this at every get together.
I believe my children were conceived while sitting in the park was playing!!!!
Sitting in the park 626 PBS x3
anthony.nanc y _ 2 0 1 0
Yep I do...
Wat u no about this
Luv yo music man great songs.:) RIP MAN always on our hearts
nancyweissbe i n
I do love u. I ❤️ this song! Wow!
THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR TALENT AND NICE MUSIC IN CHICAGO LOVE U SMILE....... . .
I love you Yoliz
I love you Meche.
"YES IM SITTING RIGHT HERE"
WEST SIDE LONGERO BEACH
HARBOR AREA
Billy Stewart, one of the best, In the Chicano Oldie Genre.
Reminds me of that "living for the day" world I use to live in
Billy Stewart's music will never die to the Raza out there who for decades have enjoyed listening to his music, lowriding in the parks & just having a good time with good music !
Billy Stewart's music will never die to the Raza out there who for decades have enjoyed listening to his music, lowriding in the parks & just having a good time with good music !
Billy Stewart's music will never die to the Raza out there who for decades have enjoyed listening to his music, lowriding in the parks & just having a good time with good music !
This is what you call music! :)
Only one Billy Stewart..... t h e r e will be no more...but we have his music
FEEDS MY SOUL.
LOVE LOVE LOVE HIS MUSIC AND VOICE
I lobe this song and this man! They do not have jams like this anymore. So sad..
Nothing like the oldies...... . .
"I'm In Love(Yes I Am)"For The Hipsters
LOVE'S Disciple*978 * ~ 6 m 1 4 y ~
wannyashingt o n 8 0 7 : a l s o known as dancoring dannyound I'm from dc and grew up around everyone in his bio.love the music man could write for hoursbut I'm out.long the music.
I love Billy reap what you sow & strange feeling are My favorites
One of the greats: An untimely death deprived us from his passionate music.
grldne03
Rest in peace
mpochoa7
His music touches deep in my heart
my twin sister as nd I had some of the best times of our lives and -BillyStewar t was always a part of our lives then and still today... Love Him...
i was raised up listening to his music check out ghe jewels his cousin marggie
My favorite guy! ♡
Good word's to this song Billy Stewart and good Beat's.
This is my jam
Hewas aking
Ifeelhim
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