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Billy Joe Royal is best known, at least to rock fans, for his country-tinged mid-'60s hit "Down in the Boondocks." Penned and produced by Joe South, "Boondocks" features a churchy echo and a born-on the-wrong-side-of-town theme that makes it an effective track even 40 years later. The song is included here, as are two other Joe South tunes: "Rose Garden" and the organ-led "I Got to Be Somebody," which was also a hit for Royal. The balance of the collection is made up of cover songs, including a trio of Drifters hits ("Spanish Harlem," "Stand by Me," and "Under the Boardwalk") that are surprisingly suited to Royal's country-soul approach.


Nato(a): 03 aprile 1942, Valdosta, GA

Genere: Country

Anni di attività: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known for his country-flavored rock hit "Down in the Boondocks," Billy Joe Royal had a long career that saw him become one of the first pop performers to successfully revive his commercial fortunes by turning to straight country music. Although he never had another hit as successful as "Down in the Boondocks," he racked up about 15 singles that hit the country charts over the course of the 1980s. Royal was born into a family of musical entertainers in Valdosta, Georgia, and made his debut on...
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