Billy formed a successful pop musical group in the mid-sixties with friends Dino Martin, Jr. and Desi Arnaz, Jr. and were the original teen idol band. The trio was known as Dino, Desi & Billy (DD&B) and their audition for Reprise’s Frank Sinatra lead to 4 successful albums, 6 songs on the Billboard and Cash Box singles charts with appearances on every local and national television show of the era including Shindig, Shivaree, Hullabaloo, Where The Action Is, 9th Street West, The Mike Douglas Show, The Joey Bishop Show, Sammy Davis, Jr.’s Wonderful World of Children and The Ed Sullivan Show in 1965 performing their back-to-back hits, “I’m a Fool” and “Not the Lovin’ Kind” written by their producer, the great Lee Hazlewood. DD&B appeared as themselves in the film Murderer’s Row starring Dean Martin (as Matt Helm), Ann-Margret and Carl Malden, and they did a television commercial for Royal Crown Cola that can still be seen on YouTube. The young trio toured extensively as the opening act for The Beach Boys, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs, The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Mamas & Papas and headlined their own tours throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Billy recorded and toured with The Beach Boys as a member of the band playing piano, guitar, bass and singing both background and lead vocals (“I’m Waiting For the Day,” “Sail On Sailor” and “Wipeout”) during the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s and has performed in every major venue in the world including The Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden and the Reagan White House. Over the years he has shared the stage with Ringo Starr, Jimmy Page, Elton John, Billy Joel and many other rock ‘n’ roll superstars. He has RIAA certified gold records for the work he did on “The Beach Boys In Concert,” “15 Big Ones,” “Still Cruisin’” and the “Good Vibrations Thirty Years of the Beach Boys” box set. View the video. His many credits include singing background vocals on the original recordings of Elton John’s “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” The Beach Boys’ “Heroes & Villains,” Warren Zevon’s “Desperados Under The Eaves,” America’s “Hat Trick,” Joan Jett’s “Good Music” and many more.
Billy has helped produce several events for and sits on the Board of the Carl Wilson Foundation (CWF) that is devoted to cancer research and improving the quality of life for those afflicted with this disease. Billy has a special place in his heart for the organization since Carl Wilson was his brother-in-law. Past performers for CWF events have included Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, Eric Clapton, Heart, Jackson Browne, Joe Walsh, Robert Lamm, Timothy B. Schmit, Wilson Phillips, Brian Setzer, Sugar Ray, The Righteous Brothers, Van Dyke Parks, Christopher Cross, America and many others.
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