Sunday, April 3, 2011

Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand.

A one Billy Stewart provides the song for today. Billy Stewart, born in 1937, started out singing in a group with his brothers at a very young age. He eventually joined a Washington, D.C. vocal group led by Don Convay called The Rainbows. Though, it wasn't until 1956, when Bo Diddly saw him playing piano at a club, that Billy Stewart began to garner some recognition. Diddly signed Stewart to Chess Records and played guitar on his first single, 'Billy's Blues.' Stewart recorded a few singles with O'Keh Records with Marvin Gaye's Marquees backing him up, but ended up back with Chess shortly thereafter. He had a string of hit singles in the 60's while on Chess before recording a few that failed to chart. Unfortunately, in early 1970, Stewart, along with three band mates, were killed when the car Stewart was driving ended up in a river. 
Today's track served as the B-Side to his last single for Chess in 1969. Here is Billy Stewart's 'We'll Always be Together':

And as the bonus for today here is his version of Gershwin's 'Summertime.' More than likely like you've never heard it before:

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