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Merseyside Rebecca

by Billy Hamilton & the Lowriders

It was the music that came across the Atlantic from Liverpool, UK, in the early-mid 1960s, saturating the U.S. radio airwaves and thrilling millions of American teenage listeners, that first inspired Billy Hamilton to play. Aching to emulate the “British Invasion” bands he saw on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and U.S. music programs like “Shindig” and “Hullabaloo,” Hamilton persuaded his father to buy him a black-and-red sunburst Harmony acoustic guitar from Rink’s Bargain City in Hamilton, Ohio. Like so many other young, aspiring American kids, he studied his Mel Bay book of guitar chords and sat on the couch at home in the Dixie Trailer Park, trying to play bar chords until his fingers bled. By his mid-teens, Hamilton was fronting his early bands, which played British Invasion hits and other pop/rock cover material in the late 60s and 70s, incorporating some Top 40 dance music in the early 80s. In the mid-80s, he moved to Detroit, where he heard Jay Butler of WQBH-AM spinning blues/R&B t
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1. Merseyside Rebecca
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2. Two-Dollar Dolly
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3. Dressed up and Messed Up
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4. Whore on a Hook (X-Rated)
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5. Little Miss Naughty Knickers
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6. Ballad for Becky Jayne
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7. Sunny
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8. Cincinnati Soul
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9. Members Only
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10. Low Rider
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It was the music that came across the Atlantic from Liverpool, UK, in the early-mid 1960s, saturating the U.S. radio airwaves and thrilling millions of American teenage listeners, that first inspired Billy Hamilton to play. Aching to emulate the “British Invasion” bands he saw on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and U.S. music programs like “Shindig” and “Hullabaloo,” Hamilton persuaded his father to buy him a black-and-red sunburst Harmony acoustic guitar from Rink’s Bargain City in Hamilton, Ohio. Like so many other young, aspiring American kids, he studied his Mel Bay book of guitar chords and sat on the couch at home in the Dixie Trailer Park, trying to play bar chords until his fingers bled.
By his mid-teens, Hamilton was fronting his early bands, which played British Invasion hits and other pop/rock cover material in the late 60s and 70s, incorporating some Top 40 dance music in the early 80s. In the mid-80s, he moved to Detroit, where he heard Jay Butler of WQBH-AM spinning blues/R&B tunes, live, every late afternoon from various venues around town. This changed Billy Hamilton’s musical direction, and he found his lifelong groove in blues/soul/R&B music, which in turn had been the inspiration for the Merseyside bands that first moved Hamilton to play in his teens. He has played, written, and recorded in this genre ever since, fronting bands in the Cincinnati area, as well as in NYC and Detroit. From 2005-2009, he lived and toured with his European Lowriders lineup in Central Europe. He then returned to the U.S. and spent two years working with his Lowriders band in Austin, TX, where he was signed to AMI Records, a small, independent label in San Antonio. During this time, Hamilton recorded four CDs: Blues/Soul/R&B (2002); Live at The Oxford Music Festival (2005); his first all-original album, Campesino Blues (2006; re-released on AMI in 2012); and Live at Club Hades/Lublin, Poland (2007). Two of Hamilton’s original compositions from Campesino Blues were included in compilation CDs released in the UK and the US.
In 2012, Hamilton returned to the Detroit area, where, in 2016, he released his fifth CD, Pay Some Money, on the AMI label. Including 12 originals and two covers, this CD received international airplay on Internet and FM radio stations in several countries, garnered excellent reviews, and was #16 on ABARAC’s (Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Chart) top 25 list of international artists played on Australian radio in March 2016.
In May 2019, with the release of Merseyside Rebecca, Billy Hamilton comes full circle with a Liverpool-themed CD paying tribute to the city and the music that first inspired him to play more than four decades earlier. This CD includes seven new original compositions, along with three cover tunes. Musicians include: Billy Hamilton (vocals/harp); Al Carmichael (guitars); John Chojnacki (bass and backing vocals); Gene Morscinin (drums); Sven Anderson, Igor Korokhov, and Dan Glynn (keyboards); Nolan Young (tenor sax); and Janet Anderson (backing vocals).
Website: www.thelowridersband.com; Band Page: Facebook/billy.hamilton.56
Email: billyhamiltonandthelowriders@gmail.com; Bookings: Bill Coleman/248-929-1263
Digital Distribution/Radio: Jonny Martinez/210-897-3399/martinezjonny87@gmail.com

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