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Billy Vera (born May 28, 1944) is an American singer and actor. The singer/songwriter known as Billy Vera was born William McCord in Riverside, California. Billy began his singing career in 1962 as a member of the Resolutions. He went on to write several songs throughout the early 60's, writing for the likes of Barbara Lewis and Ricky Nelson. May 28 is the 148th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (149th in leap years). ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... LeAnn Rimes singing in concert A singer is a type of musician who uses his or her voice as an instrument to produce music. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Riverside is the county seat of Riverside County, California, United States. ... Ricky Nelson Ricky Nelson can also mean Ricky Nelson (wrestler) or Ricky Lee Nelson, baseball player. ...

In 1967 Vera wrote a song entitled "Storybook Children" and brought it to Atlantic Records. They found a talented young singer named Judy Clay to record it with him. It was a minor hit in early 1968, and Billy and Judy recorded an album that was critically acclaimed. He would have a solo hit later that same year with the Bobby Goldsboro penned "With Pen In Hand". Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is a record label founded in 1947 by Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson, principally as a R&B label. ... This biographical article needs to be wikified. ... Bobby Goldsboro (born January 18, 1941) is an American pop music singer. ...

Throughout the 70s and early 80s Vera focused on songwriting including "I Really Got the Feeling" which was a number 1 hit for Dolly Parton. He also participated in several archival and music preservation projects, including fronting the band at the 1972 Reunion concert of Dion & the Belmonts. Dolly Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American country singer, songwriter, composer, author and actress. ... Dion and the Belmonts was a musical group led by singer/songwriter Dion DiMucci. ...

Living in Los Angeles, and writing songs for Warner Brothers, Billy and his old friend, bass player Chuck Fiore decided to put together a band to play the local club scene. Modeling their band on 50s R n' B bands, The Beaters were born. They featured a robust horn section, as well as a pedal steel guitar, along with drums, piano, Fiore's bass, and Billy's lead guitar and vocals. As a result of the incredible local buzz the band generated, Alfa records offered them a contract. They recorded the band live and in 1981 yielded the minor hit "I Can Take Care Of Myself". "At This Moment" was recorded in these same sessions but would not be a hit for several years. Nickname: City of Angels Motto: Official website: http://www. ... Warner Bros. ...

By 1982 Alfa Records was out of buisiness and Billy and the Beaters continued to play the clubs of Southern California. In 1985 a producer from the TV show Family Ties was in the audience to hear the band play "At This Moment". It was aired in the fall of 1985 during the breakup episode of characters Alex (Michael J. Fox) and Ellen (Tracey Pollen). Viewers responsed by clamoring for the song, and in 1986 Rhino records re-released the recording as a Best of record. The single was a number one hit and stayed on the charts for 15 weeks. Family Ties was an American television sitcom which aired on NBC for seven seasons, from 1982 to 1989. ... Michael J. Fox on the cover of his book, Lucky Man Michael J. Fox (born June 9, 1961) is a Canadian-born actor, made famous by his roles as Marty McFly in the Back to the Future trilogy and as Alex P. Keaton on the sitcom Family Ties. ...

Before "At This Moment", Billy had a small career in movies and television including appearences in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai and soap opera Days of Our Lives. "At This Moment" propelled his movie career as he and the Beaters were featured prominently in the Bruce Willis movie Blind Date. He would go on to star in a TV series, Wise Guy and would have several other roles on shows such as Baywatch, Boy Meets World, and Beverly Hills 90210. These roles would lead him into composing theme songs for TV shows, such as Empty Nest and King of Queens, as well as voice acting on Cartoon Network cartoons. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension or just Buckaroo Banzai is a cult film released in 1984, starring Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Christopher Lloyd, and Jeff Goldblum. ... Days of our Lives is a long-running American soap opera. ... Bruce Willis Walter Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955, Idar-Oberstein, West Germany) is a Jewish-German-American actor and musician. ... Blind Date is a 1987 comedy/romance film directed by Blake Edwards and starring Kim Basinger and Bruce Willis. ... Baywatch was a popular American television show about the Los Angeles County Lifeguards who patrol the crowded beaches of Los Angeles County. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Beverly Hills 90210 was a popular primetime television soap opera that aired from October 1990 to May 2000 on the Fox Network in the United States and subsiquently on various networks around the world. ... Empty Nest is a television sitcom that ran on NBC for seven seasons from 1988 to 1995. ... The King of Queens is an American situation comedy series that debuted in 1998 and is still running as of 2005. ... Cartoon Network is a cable television channel created by Turner Broadcasting and dedicated to showing animated programming. ...

Currently Billy and the Beaters are still playing the California club scene, and Billy continues his work as a music historian. He has helped produce, archive, and write liner notes for over 200 reissue albums and sets, from artists such as Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Louis Jordan, Ray Charles, Louis Prima, and more. Little Richard on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, (issue RS 58, May 28, 1970) Little Richard (born Richard Wayne Penniman, December 5, 1932 in Macon, Georgia) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist, and an early African-American pioneer of rock and roll. ... Sam Cooke Sam Cooke (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964) was a popular and influential American gospel, R&B, soul, pop singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. ... Louis Jordan swinging on sax, Paramount Theatre, NYC, 1946 (Photo: William P. Gottlieb) Louis Jordan (July 8, 1908 - February 4, 1975) was a pioneering and hugely influential African-American jazz and rhythm & blues musician and songwriter who enjoyed his greatest popularity from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. ... // Headline text For Ray Charles of the Ray Charles Singers, and longtime vocal conductor for Perry Como, see Ray Charles (elder). ... Louis Prima and Keely Smith singing for the radio in the 1950s Louis Prima (December 7, 1910- August 24, 1978) was an Italian-American entertainer, singer, actor, and trumpeter born in New Orleans. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
CMT.com : Billy Vera : Biography (200 words)
Vera wrote for the likes of Barbara Lewis and Rick Nelson during the mid-'60s before recording his "Storybook Children" as an R&B duet with Judy Clay in 1967 for Atlantic.
It proved a solid hit, as did their 1968 follow-up "Country Girl - City Man." Vera surfaced as a solo artist in 1987 when "At This Moment," a song he'd cut in 1981 with his band, Beaters, was featured on the popular TV sitcom Family Ties and topped the pop charts on Rhino.
Vera recently returned to a soulful duet format, this time with ex-Labelle belter Nona Hendryx, for "You Have to Cry Sometime" on Shanachie.
Billy Vera & the Beaters: Best Music from the 1980s (432 words)
While living in Los Angeles, Billy was writing songs for Warner Brothers and he also, along with his friend and bass player, Chuck Fiore, decided to put together a band and play in the local club scene.
Billy can still sing as well as he did back in the ‘old days’ and still hit the high notes.
Billy has definitely made left his mark in the music industry and continues to do so.
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