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 Billy Stewart

Billy Stewart

Birth
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Death 17 Jan 1970 (aged 32)
Smithfield, Johnston County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Hyattsville, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
Plot Adams Lot 160 Grave #4
Memorial ID 7219287 · View Source
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R&B/Rock Singer. A talented musician from a very young age, he could sing, play the drums, and piano. Born in Washington, D.C., Stewart began singing with his mother's group, 'the Stewart Gospel Singers' as a teenager. He later changed from gospel to playing secular music when he would occasionally play with 'Dan Covay and The Rainbows.' He went on and won a local talent contest by doing a rendition of George Gershwin's, "Summertime." At the contest he was heard by Bo Diddley playing the piano and quickly offered a job as a backup singer with Diddley's group. In 1956 with Diddley's help, he was signed to the Chess Record Label and released the song, "Billy's Blues." In 1957 he left Chess and joined the Okeh Record Label for whom he recorded the song, "Billy's Heartaches." Between 1957 and 1962 he worked on numerous other activities including playing with Marvin Gaye and 'The Marques.' From 1962 to 1965 he recorded the songs, "Fat Boy" "Reap What You Sow" "How Nice It Is" "I Do Love You" "Secret Love" "Sitting In The Park" "Strange Feeling" "Count Me Out" and "Because I Love You." In 1966 he released the album "Unbelieveable." Later he had a hit when he re-recorded "Summertime" and it appeared on both the Top Ten and R&B charts. In 1969 he was plaqued by diabetes and a weight gain, as well as a dwindling music career. In January 1970 while travelling down a road in North Carolina, his car plunged into the Neuse River. Stewart and 3 bandmates perished in the accident.


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  • Added: 28 Feb 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7219287
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Billy Stewart (24 Mar 1937–17 Jan 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7219287, citing National Harmony Memorial Park Cemetery, Hyattsville, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .