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Billy Strange
Birth: Sep. 29, 1930
Long Beach
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: Feb. 22, 2012
Nashville
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA

Musician, Songwriter, Arranger. Best known for his writing partnership with Mac Davis which resulted in numerous hits for Elvis Presley. William Everett Strange was born in Long Beach, California. He was an experienced performer during his early youth, when he appeared on his father's local radio program, as well as with his parents at clubs. He initially learned the trumpet, however his asthmatic condition impeded his playing ability. At the age of fourteen, his parents bought him a guitar. He had toured Texas with his father and when he returned home to the West Coast, he established himself as a regular presence on television. A separation from music led him to a period as a truck driver and stunt man, but his love for harmony lured him back with an emphasis on the country genre. During the 1960s, he became a part of the famed stable of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew" and played guitar on the Beach Boys hit "Sloop John B" from their classic album "Pet Sounds" (1966). Strange collaborated with Nancy Sinatra, as he provided the arrangements for her 1966 hit "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" (which earned them both Grammy Award nominations) and played the guitar on her version of "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down" (1966). In addition, he served as the arranger and orchestra conductor for the Frank and Nancy Sinatra duet "Something Stupid" (1967). Strange's pairing with Mac Davis yielded the Elvis Presley hits "A Little Less Conversation" (1968), "Memories" (1968) and "Charro!" (1969, from the motion picture of the same title). Strange continued to serve as an arranger and conductor for Nancy Sinatra on her collaborations with Lee Hazlewood and her 1981 album Mel and Nancy (with Mel Tillis). He was formerly married to actress Joan O'Brien and at the time of his death, he was married to country singer Jeanne Black. He was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2007. (bio by: C.S.) 
 
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 Spouses:
  William Everett Strange (1930 - 2012)*
  Gloria Jeanne Black Strange (1937 - 2014)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: Feb 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 85562219
Billy Strange
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- Janis Coleman
 Added: Sep. 29, 2016
Happy Birthday ............
- a sincere fan
 Added: Sep. 29, 2016
Happy Birthday
- Cindy
 Added: Sep. 29, 2016
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