Billy Vera & the Beaters
Billy Vera & the Beaterswas born as William McCord and is an American singer, actor, writer, and music historian. He was born on May 28, 1944 in Riverside, California. He began his singing career on 1962. At that time he was a member of the singing group, Resolutions. He wrote songs for Barbara Lewis and Ricky Nelson. In 1986 he sang a duet with Judy Clay with his song Storybook Children on the Atlantic record label. It was a minor hit. He and Judy recorded an album also and it was critically acclaimed. He also had a hit solo that same year called, With Pen In Hand which was written by the famous Bobby Goldsboro. In the seventies and early eighties, Billy concentrated on writing songs and participating in some music preservation projects. One of the songs he wrote was a number one hit and was sung by Dolly Parton. 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. This was the beginning of their group, The Beaters. They had a horn section, pedal steel guitar, drums, piano, bass, lead guitar and vocals. From this they got a recording offer from Alfa Records. Their song, At This Moment, was heard in a night club by a producer from the tv show, Family Ties, and the song was aired as a backdrop for the romantic scenes between Alex and Ellen. This song caught on with the public and went to number one on the charts and stayed there for 15 weeks.
Billy also appeared on television and in movies . He and his band were featured in the movie Blind Date, which starred Bruce Willis. He also starred in the tv series of Wise Guy, Baywatch, Boy Meets World, Beverly Hills 90210, and the soap opera Days of our Lives. This led him to the composing of songs for Empty nest, King Of Queens, and also voice acting on Cartoon network cartoons.
The Beaters are still playing in night clubs and Billy is still working as a music historian. Billy can still sing as well as he did back in the ‘old days’ and still hit the high notes. He and his band draws a crowd everywhere he performs. Singers who have recorded some of Billy’s songs are Bonnie Raitt, Robert Plant, Fats Domino. The Shirelles, Tom Jones, Freda Payne and Little Milton, and Etta James. Billy has definitely made left his mark in the music industry and continues to do so.
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