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Billy Always

bvoc, key, voc, *1955 US, Chicago
R&B/Soul
A.k.a. William Lewis Moore

b. 1955, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Billy’s the Godson of the Queen of Gospel Music Mahalia Jackson. As a youth he was the lead voice in his church choir. At the age of nine Aretha Franklin took him under her wing and by age 11 he was touring and recording with ( cousin ) Reverend Isaac Whittman. In 1969, Billy ( 14 yrs old ) was taken on as Aretha's protégé’ and was given studio time by her production company Do It To It Productions. He recorded a single 'Do It Again' with the help of Aretha, Carolyn Franklin and Cissy Houston, however it was not released. 1975 Aretha's backing singer Evelyn Green introduced Billy to Barrett Strong, Where a number of songs came from this partnership including 'Man Up In The Sky', recorded by both Barrett Strong (1976) and Johnny Bristol (1989). In 1979, his friend and attorney financed his debut solo album Billy Always, totally self-written, performed and produced. Though not released officially, two songs 'I Mean To Love You' and 'Some Kind Of Love' were bootlegged and scored success as an illegally released single. The following year he met Willie Mitchell ( known for producing hits for Al Green, Denise Lasalle, Ann Peebles Otis Clay and more ) Mitchell produced Billy's song 'Didn't We Do It' as the first release on Waylo Records in Memphis. Also In 1981, he wrote 'Come To Me' (with Bernie Miller former DJ on WJPC 95 AM in Chicago) for the late Walter Jackson's album Tell Me Where It Hurts'. ( Produced by Chicago’s legendary R&B Producer Carl Davis ) A debut Waylo album Titiled Billy Always was later released in 1982 which included the hit single Didn’t we do it, I mean to love you, love’s knockin’ as well as cover of Al Greens let’s stay together. (Ann Peebles later covered 'Didn't We Do It'). Billy continued to work with Willie Mitchell and Waylo into the nineties, although 1988's 'Watch Out' CD which included the hit Back on track was released on Epic Records. His 1990 album 'Let's Get Personal', included the songs 'One Of Them Thangs, 'Ain't Nothing But A Heartache' and 'I Need You'. Billy is currently working on an inspirational CD. A single is expected by the summer of 2009. This may be the best project yet.

        
Instruments
  • Backing Vocals
  • Keyboards
  • Vocals
Genres
  • R&B/Soul
  • Rock
Popular Tracks   
More Than a Minute on Aor Global Sounds, Vol. 3 by Charles Maurice
Back On Track on Watch Out by Billy Always
A Little Misunderstanding on Watch Out by Billy Always
Tell Me You Love Me on Watch Out by Billy Always
Emergency love on Watch Out by Billy Always
Watch Out on Watch Out by Billy Always
Where You Touch Me on Watch Out by Billy Always
Send Ya to Me on Watch Out by Billy Always
Juvenile Delinquent on Watch Out by Billy Always
You Can on Why? by Billy Always

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Billy AlwaysBilly Always2010Album
Let's Get PersonalBilly Always1990Album
I Need You / One Of Them Thangs / One Bad TurnBilly Always1990Single
I Need You / One Of Them ThangsBilly Always1990Single
Ain't Nothing But A HeartacheBilly Always1990Single
Where You Touch MeBilly Always1988Single
Back On TrackBilly Always1988Album
Watch OutBilly Always1988Album
Looking At The Sun / More Than A MinuteBilly Always1987Single
Let Your Body RockBilly Always1986Album
My First LoveBilly Always1982Album
Didn't We Do ItBilly Always1982Single
Billy AlwaysBilly Always1982Album
Work All Day / People Like UsBilly Always1980Single
Some Kind Of Love / I Mean To Love YouBilly Always1980Album
Two Wrongs (Don't Make It Right)Billy AlwaysSingle
Take Me To The RiverBilly AlwaysSingle
Do That To Me One More TimeBilly AlwaysSingle
I Do Don't YouBilly AlwaysSingle
Ain't Nothing But A Heartache / Just Not EnoughBilly AlwaysSingle
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