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Encyclopedia > Billy Swan

Billy Swan (born Billy Lance Swan, 12 May 1942, Cape Girardeau, Missouri) is an American songwriter and singer, best known for his 1974 single, "I Can Help". May 12 is the 132nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (133rd in leap years). ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Cape Girardeau (pronounced ) (French: Cap-Girardeau, pronounced ) is a city located in the county of the same name in Missouri, 115 miles south of Saint Louis. ... Official language(s) English Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City Largest metro area St. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ...

Swan's role in the music industry was largely invisible. His first big break was in 1962 when Clyde McPhatter recorded "Lover Please", a song written by Swan that quickly became a Top Ten hit. Moving to Nashville allowed Swan to write hit country songs for numerous artists, including Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, and Mel Tillis. The music industry is the industry that creates, performs, promotes, and preserves music. ... Clyde McPhatter (November 15, 1932 _ June 13, 1972) was an influential American R&B singer, born in Durham, North Carolina. ... A song is a relatively short musical composition. ... A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... Nickname: Location in Davidson County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates: Country United States State Tennessee Counties Davidson County Founded: 1779 Incorporated: 1806 Government  - Mayor Bill Purcell (D) Area  - City  526. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music Musicians can be classified by their role in creating or performing music: A singer (or vocalist) uses his or her voice as an instrument. ... Twitty redirects here. ... Waylon Jennings in the 1960s. ... Lonnie Melvin Tillis (born August 8th, 1932 in Tampa, Florida) is a country music singer/songwriter, and actor. ...

In 1969, Swan first took on the role of record producer, publishing Tony Joe White's Top Ten hit "Polk Salad Annie". Swan played bass guitar for Kris Kristofferson, and signed a deal with Monument Records. In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Tony Joe White (born July 23, 1943 in Goodwill, Louisiana) is a singer and songwriter best known for his 1969 hit Polk Salad Annie, and for Rainy Night in Georgia which he wrote, but which was first made popular by Brook Benton. ... A top 10 list is a generic term used to indicate a list of items, usually ten in number, which are considered to be best, worst, or notable in some other way, typically a record chart. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Monument Records was a record label founded in 1958 by Fred Foster and Bob Moore. ...

Swan's first album included the popular song "I Can Help", a rockabilly number that topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and country charts in 1974. However, other albums with Monument, A&M, and Epic did not have nearly the success of his first. An album is a collection of related audio tracks distributed to the public. ... Rockabilly is one of the earliest and most important styles of rock n’ roll music to emerge during the 1950s. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... A&M Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Universal Music Group. ... Epic Records is an American record label, and subsidiary of Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ...

Swan continued to tour with Kristofferson, and has recorded two albums with Randy Meisner. As of 2005, Swan is still a back-up and session musician. Randall H. Meisner, normally known as Randy Meisner, (born 8 March 1946) is a bass guitarist and vocalist best known for his contribution as a founding member of the country-rock group The Eagles. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A backing vocalist or backing singer (or, especially in the U.S., backup singer or sometimes background singer) is a singer who sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, other backing vocalists, or alone but not singing the lead. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Sideman. ...

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NAME Swan, Billy
SHORT DESCRIPTION Musician, songwriter
DATE OF BIRTH May 12, 1942
PLACE OF BIRTH Cape Girardeau, Missouri

  Results from FactBites:
Billy Swan - Biography - AOL Music (529 words)
Swan was born in Cape Girardeau, MO, in 1942 and grew up listening to country music until he discovered rock & roll as a teenager.
Swan stayed in Memphis to write for Black's combo and also worked as a guard at Graceland for a time.
Swan never came close to duplicating its success, but he did reach the country Top 20 with a 1975 single, "Everything's the Same (Ain't Nothing Changed)," and cut three more albums for Monument.
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