Billy Always

Billy Always

Real Name:
William Lewis Moore
Profile:
b. 1955, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Billy’s the Godson of the Queen of Gospel Music Mahalia Jackson. As a youth he was the lead voice in his church choir. At the age of nine Aretha Franklin took him under her wing and by age 11 he was touring and recording with ( cousin ) Reverend Isaac Whittman. In 1969, Billy ( 14 yrs old ) was taken on as Aretha's protégé’ and was given studio time by her production company Do It To It Productions.

He recorded a single 'Do It Again' with the help of Aretha, Carolyn Franklin and Cissy Houston, however it was not released. 1975 Aretha's backing singer Evelyn Green introduced Billy to Barrett Strong, Where a number of songs came from this partnership including 'Man Up In The Sky', recorded by both Barrett Strong (1976) and Johnny Bristol (1989). In 1979, his friend and attorney financed his debut solo album Billy Always, totally self-written, performed and produced. Though not released officially, two songs 'I Mean To Love You' and 'Some Kind Of Love' were bootlegged and scored success as an illegally released single.

The following year he met Willie Mitchell ( known for producing hits for Al Green, Denise Lasalle, Ann Peebles Otis Clay and more ) Mitchell produced Billy's song 'Didn't We Do It' as the first release on Waylo Records in Memphis. Also In 1981, he wrote 'Come To Me' (with Bernie Miller former DJ on WJPC 95 AM in Chicago) for the late Walter Jackson's album Tell Me Where It Hurts'. ( Produced by Chicago’s legendary R&B Producer Carl Davis ) A debut Waylo album Titiled Billy Always was later released in 1982 which included the hit single Didn’t we do it, I mean to love you, love’s knockin’ as well as cover of Al Greens let’s stay together. (Ann Peebles later covered 'Didn't We Do It').

Billy continued to work with Willie Mitchell and Waylo into the nineties, although 1988's 'Watch Out' CD which included the hit Back on track was released on Epic Records. His 1990 album 'Let's Get Personal', included the songs 'One Of Them Thangs, 'Ain't Nothing But A Heartache' and 'I Need You'. Billy is currently working on an inspirational CD. A single is expected by the summer of 2009. This may be the best project yet.
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Billy Always Discography

Albums

Billy Always Billy Always (Album) Waylo, Waylo US 1982 Sell This Version
Billy Always Watch Out (Album) Epic, Epic US 1988 Sell This Version
Billy Always Let's Get Personal (Album) Waylo Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
BA-51779 Billy Always Billy Always(LP, Album) Always Publishing BA-51779 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

W-12051 Billy Always Some Kind Of Love / I Mean To Love You(12") V.S. Records W-12051 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
TBB-70 Billy Always Work All Day / People Like Us(7", Single) Block Buster Records TBB-70 US 1980 Sell This Version
Billy Always My First Love Waylo, Peter Pan Artists Series US 1982 Sell This Version
Billy Always Didn't We Do It Waylo US 1982 Sell This Version
Billy Always Let Your Body Rock Waylo US 1986 Sell This Version
PRI 1014 Billy Always Looking At The Sun / More Than A Minute(7", Single) Panarecord International PRI 1014 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
Billy Always Where You Touch Me Epic US 1988 Sell This Version
Billy Always Back On Track (Single) Epic US 1988 Sell This Version
269563 3 Billy Always Ain't Nothing But A Heartache (CD, Single) Waylo 269563 3 US 1990 Sell This Version
269540 7 Billy Always I Need You / One Of Them Thangs(7", Single) Waylo 269540 7 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
Billy Always I Do Don't You Waylo US Unknown Sell This Version
Waylo 3001 Billy Always Ain't Nothing But A Heartache / Just Not Enough(7") Waylo Waylo 3001 US Unknown Sell This Version
TAS-124 Billy Always Take Me To The River(7", Single, Promo) Waylo TAS-124 US Unknown Sell This Version
WAYLO-101 Billy Always Two Wrongs (Don't Make It Right)(7") Waylo WAYLO-101 US Unknown Sell This Version
TAS-122 Billy Always Do That To Me One More Time(7", Single) Waylo TAS-122 US Unknown Sell This Version

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