March 12, 2012
“Cherry Hill Park” was the last big hit of Billy Joe Royal’s career. Released during the fall of 1967, it reached number 15 on the Billboard Magazine’s Pop Singles Chart.
It was a song that fit his booming voice well. The song was about Mary Hill who dated (for want of a better word) a number of men in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. It was a much better song than it sounds.
Billy Joe Royal is still out on the road today.
October 30, 2011
Billy Joe Royal’s first chart single remains his most famous. “Down In The Boondocks” reached number nine in the United States and number one in Canada during 1965.
Careers have to start somewhere and during the early 1960s he released a series of singles on several small independant labels. “Dark Glasses” on the small Fairlane album was one of those releases.
His sound was still developing and the song received virtually no radio airplay and zero chart action.
Billy Joe Royal, at age 69, is still active on the bar circuit.
July 7, 2011
Before Billy Joe Royal had his first hit, “Down In The Boondocks,” for the Columbia Label during 1965, he recorded for a number of small labels without much commercial success.
“Mama Didn’t Raise No Fools” was issued on the Tollie label. It failed to chart or receive much notice. It was written by Joe South who would go on to have success both as a singer and songwriter.
The Tollie label was owned by Vee Jay and remains most famous for the early Beatles hits “Twist & Shout” and “Lve Me Do.”
Tollie was formed during February of 1964 and lasted until May of 1965. During that time period they would issue 48 singles, of which this early Billy Joe Royal single was one.
June 17, 2011
Billy Joe Royal, he of the booming voice, was born in Valdosta, Georgia and is now approaching 70 years old. He has been performing for most of his life but is best remembered for a series of singles during the mid to late 1960’s.
“Down In The Boondocks” was released during the summer of 1965. It would become his biggest hit reaching number nine on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
The song told a story about the poor side of town. Royal’s voice just jumped out of the speakers and remains the centerpiece for the performance.
Royal would go on to have a successful country career, placing 15 songs on the charts. He continues to perform today.