Billy Joe Royal

Billy Joe Royal

Birth
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, USA
Death 6 Oct 2015 (aged 73)
Morehead City, Carteret County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Morehead City, Carteret County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 153363142 · View Source
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American Pop and Country Singer. Royal gained a huge following at the Bamboo Ranch in Savannah, Georgia, where close to 2,500 people each night would flock to the club to see him and others perform. It was there that Royal would become friends with Roy Orbison who gave him encouragement to pursue his dream as an artist. In 1965, Royal released 'Down in the Boondocks' which peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. His subsequent hits included 'I Knew You When' and 'Cherry Hill Park'. In late 1985, he released 'Burned Like a Rocket' which was rapidly climbing the country singles chart, and had just entered the top ten in January 1986, when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, and due to the title of the song, the single began to fall quickly back down the charts with many radio stations pulling the song off the air. His next fourteen single releases hit the country charts, with the biggest being his cover of 'Tell It Like It Is', which hit No. 2 in 1989. His final charted single was 1992’s 'I’m Okay (And Gettin’ Better)', which peaked at No. 51 on the Country Airplay chart. His final album, 'His First Gospel Album', was released in 2009. Royal, who was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1988, died in his sleep of natural causes.

Bio by: Louis du Mort


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  • Originally Created by: Louis du Mort
  • Added: 6 Oct 2015
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Billy Joe Royal (3 Apr 1942–6 Oct 2015), Find A Grave Memorial no. 153363142, citing Gethsemane Memorial Park, Morehead City, Carteret County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .