Chanteur Rhythm 'n' Blues US né le 5 Avril 1932 à Wilminton (Caroline du Nord). Billy Bland a débuté en 1954 au sein des Bees.

Billy Bland had a one-shot hit in 1960 with "Let the Little Girl Dance" (number seven), a pop-R&B- early soul mixture very much in the same mold as records from the period by Jackie Wilson, right down to the Latinate "Lonely Teardrops" rhythm. Some of his other singles were in the same style, but Bland (not to be confused with the unrelated Bobby Bland) was actually a pretty versatile Vocalsist, also purveying R&B, Bo Diddley-styled rock & roll, urban blues, and dance-craze early-'60s rock. He recorded often for Old Town from the mid-'50s through 1963, but though his range was wide, his quality was not. He was a competent journeyman no matter what his genre, never finding another song with the pop hooks of "Let the Little Girl Dance." Or writing one: though he didn't pen "Let the Little Girl Dance," he wrote much of his own material.
Bland began singing shortly after moving to New York in the late '40s, and made his first records for Imperial in New Orleans in the mid-'50s, as a member of the Bees. They did an early version of Dave Bartholomew's naughty "My Ding-a-Ling" (eventually a hit for Chuck Berry), although when the Bees did it, it was titled "Toy Bell." (It can now be found on the box set Crescent City Soul: The Sound of New Orleans 1947-1974). Bland went solo in 1955, however, beginning his lengthy association with the New York-based Old Town label. "Let the Little Girl Dance" was almost an accident: it was being recorded by Titus Turner, and Bland showed him how to do it in the studio. Unknown to Bland, his demonstration was recorded by Henry Glover, and became the hit, with guitar ace Mickey Baker playing on the session.
Bland tried to vary the "Let the Little Girl Dance" pop-R&B sound on various singles, and also ride the bandwagons of other rock trends, with no success, and made his final Old Town disc in 1963. As of the late '80s, he was running a soul food restaurant in Harlem.

Talents : Singer

Style musical : Rock 'n' Roll, Rhythm 'n' Blues, Soul

CHICKEN IN THE BASKET (1956)

THE FAT MAN (1956)

LET THE LITTLE GIRL DANCE (1960)

 Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

1954 SP IMPERIAL 5314 (US) The BEES - Toy Bell / Snatchin' Back
1954 SP IMPERIAL 5320 (US) The BEES - I Want To Be Loved / Get Away Baby
01/1956 SP OLD TOWN 1016 (US) . Chicken In The Basket / The Fat Man
06/1956 SP OLD TOWN 1022 (US) . Chicken Hop / Oh You For Me
1958 SP OLD TOWN 1035 (US) . I Had A Dream / If I Could Be Your Man
03/1958 SP TIP TOP 708 (US) . Chicken In The Basket / Chicken Hop
07/1959 SP WARNER BROS. WB 5083 (US) . Shimmy Shake / Four Wheels
1960 SP OLD TOWN 1076 (US) . Let The Little Girl Dance / Sweet Thing
1960 SP OLD TOWN 1082 (US) . You Were Born To Be Loved / Pardon Me
1960 SP OLD TOWN 1088 (US) . Make Believe Lover / Harmonys
1960 SP OLD TOWN 1093 (US) . Everything That Shines Ain't Gold / Keep Talkin' That Sweet Talk
1960 EP RICORDI 45 S 092 (F) Let The Little Girl Dance / Sweet Thing / Hip And Hep / Chicken In The Basket
1961 SP OLD TOWN 1098 (US) . Steady King / I Cross My Heart
1961 SP OLD TOWN 1105 (US) . My Heart's On Fire / Can't Stop Here
1961 SP OLD TOWN 1109 (US) . Uncle Bud / Do The Bug With Me
1962 SP OLD TOWN 1114 (US) . Busy Little Boy / All I Want To Do Is Dream
1962 SP OLD TOWN 1124 (US) . Mama Stole The Chicken / I Spent My Life Loving You
1962 SP OLD TOWN 1128 (US) . Darling Won't You Think Of Me / How Many Hearts
1963 SP OLD TOWN 1143 (US) . Doing The Mule / Farmer In The Dell
1963 SP OLD TOWN 1151 (US) . A Little Touch Of Your Love / Little Boy Blue
1965 SP ST. LAWRENCE 1005 (US) . She's Already Married / My Divorce
1966 SP ST. LAWRENCE 1018 (US) . I'm Sorry About That / Booga-Loo And Silly Dog

Albums

1987 LP 12" ACE CH 222 (UK) BLUES, CHICKEN & RELATIONS - Fat Man / Chicken In The Basket / Oh You For Me / I Had A Dream / If I Could Be Your Man / What's That / Grandmaw Give A Party / Uncle Bud / Little Boy Blue / Chicken Hop (2) / My Heart's On Fire / Flo / Open The Door / Mama Stole The Chicken / The Bug
03/1994 CD ACE 370 (UK) LET THE LITTLE GIRL DANCE - Let The Little Girl Dance / Chicken Hop / Grandma Gave A Party / Fat Man / Pardon Me / I Had A Dream / Chicken In The Basket / You Were Born To Be Loved / Harmony / Can't Stop Her From Dancing / Momma Stole The Chicken / Flo - Open The Door / What's That / Oh, You For Me / If I Could Be Your Man / Everything That Shines Ain't Gold / Make Believe Lover / My Heart Is On Fire / Steady Kind / Uncle Bud / Keep Talkin' That Sweet Talk / You Took My Love For Granted / Little Boy Blue / I Cross My Heart / I Spend My Life Loving You / All I Want To Do Is Cry / How Many Hearts / Do The Bug With Me / Let The Little Girl Dance
01/2000 CD COLLECTABLES 6066 (US) LET THE LITTLE GIRL DANCE - Let The Little Girl Dance / Can't Stop Her From Dancing / Fat Man / Harmony / Oh, You For Me / You Were Born To Be Loved / Chicken Hop / Pardon Me / I Had A Dream / Mama Stole The Chicken / If I Could Be Your Man / Little Boy Blue / What's That / Chicken In The Basket / Flo-Open The Door / Grandma Gave A Party / Make Believe Lover / Uncle Bud / I Cross My Heart / Do The Bug With Me / Sweet Thing / Keep Talkin' That Sweet Talk / All I Want To Do Is Cry / I Spend My Life Loving You

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