Billy Forrest

Real Name:
William Boardman
Profile:
South African singer and producer.
Billy Forrest Man With One Face And Many Names and We are Not Talking About Hats

Billy Forrest was born William Charles Boardman in Kimberley, South Africa in 1940 and moving forward 21 years to 1961 when Billy started his recording career there are many stories to tell. Billy Forrest released many albums and single’s during his long career, and has also had many, many hits during that time.

What many people do not really know is that many of those hits were not under his stage name of Billy Forrest. In fact what was probably his biggest hit was his version of ‘Lazy Life’ which spend many a week at the Top of the South African Charts under the name of Quentin E Klopjaeger. Another seemingly unknown fact to most of Billy’s fans are that he produced two of South Africa biggest hit’s ‘Cry To Me’ by the Staccatos and ‘Tchaikovsky One’ by ‘Omega Ltd’. In 1965 Billy was presented with a SARI Award for ‘Best Country And Western Singer’ for his #1 Charted song, “Hello Operator”. While performing as ‘The Dream Merchants’ Billy and fellow band member ‘Billy Andrews’ won a SARI Award in 1966 for ‘Best Beat Artist’

There is so much about Billy Forrest that even his fans may not even have known, as with this: In 1966 Billy Forrest launched a music magazine called Pop Gear SA with the main purpose of promoting South African artists. In the eighties he was back with the very successful TOP 20 which he part-owned and edited for two years, before launching Top 40 with Joe Theron in 1985.

With all that said Billy Forrest should have been happy with so many accomplishments but for ‘Billy Forrest’ that was just the beginning of a career which is still happening in 2014, as Billy is still recording new material and constantly performing on music shows almost every week.

“Then, at the end of 1964 it finally happened. Hello Operator, chosen for me by Peter Lotis, went to number one that Christmas, earning me my first Gold Disc Award and a few months later, in 1965, a SARI Award for best Country and Western Singer.” Billy Forrest
Billy’s music career is filled with so many high’s that any South African and even International artist would be envious when looking at all his accomplishments. Maybe Billy was always in the right place at the right time, but one thing that cannot be ignored is his talent, imagination and professionalism when it comes to his music. He knew and still knows how to keep his friends, family and fans happy, We at WHISNews21 wish him many more years doing what he enjoys doing the most and undoubtably what his fans love him to do, and that is performing his exciting style of music for them.
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Albums

NLP 269 Billy Forrest - Seven Letters  album art Billy Forrest Seven Letters (LP, Album) Renown NLP 269 South Africa 1965 Sell This Version
ICC 8010 Billy Forrest - Papa's Gonna Kiss It Better album art William E and Friends* Papa's Gonna Kiss It Better(LP, Album) IRC ICC 8010 South Africa 1971 Sell This Version
MVC 3553 Billy Forrest - Lovely Lorraine album art William E* Lovely Lorraine(LP, Album) MVN MVC 3553 South Africa 1972 Sell This Version
ORC 6087 Billy Forrest - Hello-A album art Billie Forrest* Hello-A(LP, Album, Club) World Record Co. ORC 6087 South Africa 1972 Sell This Version
ACL 11001 Billy Forrest - Do You Love Me? album art Geli (5) And Billy* Geli (5) And Billy* - Do You Love Me?(LP, Album) Aztec (5) ACL 11001 South Africa 1973 Sell This Version
MFP (CI) 59013 Billy Forrest - Wings Of A Dove  album art Billy Forrest Wings Of A Dove (LP, Album) Music For Pleasure MFP (CI) 59013 South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
NLP 259 Billy Forrest - Billy Forrest album art Billy Forrest Billy Forrest(LP, Album) Renown NLP 259 South Africa Unknown Sell This Version
SWM 778 Billy Forrest - Waters Of Life album art Joanna Field & Billy Forrest Joanna Field & Billy Forrest - Waters Of Life(LP, Album, M/Print) Sweet William (2) SWM 778 South Africa Unknown Sell This Version
SWM 777 Billy Forrest - Whispering Hope album art Billy Forrest Whispering Hope(LP, Album) Sweet William (2) SWM 777 South Africa Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PD. 7-8629 Billy Forrest - Forty Days album art Billy Forrest With Little Archie And The Twisters Billy Forrest With Little Archie And The Twisters - Forty Days(7", Single) Continental Records (8) PD. 7-8629 South Africa 1962 Sell This Version
PD.7-8630 Billy Forrest - Comin' Up In The World  album art Billy Forrest With Little Archie And The Twisters Billy Forrest With Little Archie And The Twisters - Comin' Up In The World (7", Single) Continental Records (8) PD.7-8630 South Africa 1962 Sell This Version
45N 1350 Billy Forrest - 500 Miles Away From Home / Don't Let Me Cross Over album art Billy Forrest 500 Miles Away From Home / Don't Let Me Cross Over (Single) Renown 45N 1350 South Africa 1963 Sell This Version
PD 7-8686 Billy Forrest - Dancing Shoes  album art Billy Forrest With The Arch Hunter Combo Billy Forrest With The Arch Hunter Combo - Dancing Shoes (7", Single) Continental Records (8) PD 7-8686 South Africa 1963 Sell This Version
45N 1347 Billy Forrest, The Veterans Billy Forrest, The Veterans - Cross My Heart(7", Single) Renown 45N 1347 South Africa 1963 Sell This Version
N 1381 Billy Forrest - Hello Operator / (I'd Be) A Legend In My Time album art Billy Forrest Hello Operator / (I'd Be) A Legend In My Time (Single) Renown N 1381 Southern Rhodesia 1964 Sell This Version
N 1368 Billy Forrest - Burning Bridges / Valley Of Tears album art Billy Forrest Burning Bridges / Valley Of Tears(7", Single) Renown N 1368 South Africa 1964 Sell This Version
N 1387 Billy Forrest Wrong Number / Don't Worry(7", Sin) Renown N 1387 South Africa 1964 Sell This Version
PD.7-8739 Billy Forrest - It Might As Well Rain Until September / Ginny Come Lately album art Billy Forrest It Might As Well Rain Until September / Ginny Come Lately(7", Single) Continental Records (8) PD.7-8739 South Africa 1964 Sell This Version
N 1392 Billy Forrest - Wind Me Up album art Billy Forrest Wind Me Up(7", Single, Tri) Renown N 1392 South Africa 1965 Sell This Version
N 1399 Billy Forrest - Looking Back album art Billy Forrest Looking Back(7", Single) Renown N 1399 South Africa 1966 Sell This Version
N 1405 Billy Forrest - Still album art Billy Forrest Still(7") Renown N 1405 South Africa 1966 Sell This Version
ICS 819 Billy Forrest - Papa's Gonna Kiss It Better album art William E. (2)* Papa's Gonna Kiss It Better (Single) IRC ICS 819 South Africa 1971 Sell This Version
ICS 805 Billy Forrest - Joey The Lipstick Collector / Huff Puff album art Dennis* Joey The Lipstick Collector / Huff Puff(7", Single) IRC ICS 805 South Africa 1971 Sell This Version
ORS 668 Billy Forrest - Hello A / A Rose By Any Other Name album art Sharon Tandy & Billy Forrest Sharon Tandy & Billy Forrest - Hello A / A Rose By Any Other Name(7", Single) World Record Co. ORS 668 South Africa 1972 Sell This Version
ORS 662 Billy Forrest - Take To The Mountains / Jody And The Kid album art Billy Forrest Take To The Mountains / Jody And The Kid(7") World Record Co. ORS 662 South Africa 1972 Sell This Version