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This is the first official Billy Joe Royal greatest-hits package, released by Columbia in 1989. All of his early soul/country/pop hits are included: "Down in the Boondocks," "Cherry Hill Park," "Yo-Yo," "Hush," and his final hit for the label, a cover of the Drifters' classic "Under the Boardwalk." As a companion piece, pick up Royal's Greatest Hits [Atlantic], covering his country hits from the '90s.

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The Only Billy Joe Royal ORIGINAL Versions!

There are a lot of Billy Joe Royal CDs out there, but this is the ONLY one on itunes that gives you the ORIGINAL Columbia-label hits from 1965-1969, so don't let the generic cover art scare you away. I'm giving this CD only four stars because it leaves out the minor hits "Heart's Desire," "Campfire Girls" and "Tulsa." Otherwise, EVERY Billy Joe Royal Top 40 POP hit is here! Look elsewhere for his later, Country-only hits.


I couldn't believe I found Billy Joe Royal on ITunes. I grew up listening to Down in the Boondocks. Loved it in the 60's and still love it now.

David's oldies

Cherry Hill Park, Down In The Boondocks, I've Got to Be Somebody, I Knew You When: i might call "Royal Hits"(itunes doesn't carry that album, hummm). Strong vocal qualities & many other tunes that catch my interest even after all these years, i still love to hear them.


Born: April 3, 1942 in Valdosta, GA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '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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