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Billy Swan, best known for his 1974 hit “I Can Help,” a bouncy bit of neo-swamp rockabilly, was a roots rocker a decade before the term really established itself, and if he never really equaled the success of that 1974 hit again, his recorded legacy is remarkably consistent, particularly during his time with Monument Records in the early '70s. This set collects his key sides from Monument during his stay there, including “I Can Help,” his haunting, slowed-down version of “Don’t Be Cruel,” and his follow-up to “I Can Help,” 1975’s "Everything's the Same (Ain't Nothing Changed).”


Born: May 12, 1942 in Cape Girardeau, MO

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best remembered for his 1974 neo-rockabilly smash "I Can Help," Billy Swan had a long and varied career in the music biz, with a large percentage of it spent behind the scenes. Swan was born in Cape Girardeau, MO, in 1942 and grew up listening to country music until he discovered rock & roll as a teenager. He learned drums, piano, and guitar and also began writing songs. "Lover Please," a song he wrote at age 16, was recorded by a local group he played with called Mirt Mirly & the Rhythm Stoppers;...
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