He has been a singer and songwriter since the s, his most successful record being " At This Moment ", a US number 1 hit in Vera was born in Riverside, Californiaand is the son of the radio and television announcer Bill McCord.
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Charleston - Debussy* / Gershwin* / Schulhoff* / Martinů* / Auric* / Copland* / Burian* / Satie* garage band classic " Don't Look Back ", performed by the Remains and later covered by Robert Plant. The groundbreaking decision to place former gospel singer Judy Clay with Vera in a white-black duet to record the song was a commercial and artistic success.
He had a solo hit single later that same year with the Bobby Goldsboro penned " With Pen in Hand ", which was also the name of his next album. The s were a slow period for Vera. It failed to have an impact in either country. Living in Los Angeles and writing songs for Warner Bros. RecordsVera and his old friend, bass player Chuck Fiore decided to put together a band to play the local club scene. Modeling their band on Ray Solar Child - Various - Sundead s band, The Beaters were born.
They featured a horn sectionas well as a pedal steel guitaralong with drums, piano, Fiore's bass, and Vera on guitar and vocals. As a result of the buzz the band generated from their now-legendary Monday midnight shows at the Troubadour, they were offered a recording contract by Alfa Recordsa major Japanese record company that had recently opened an American office in Los Angeles.
However, Vera's record deal evaporated almost immediately upon the album's release, as Alfa Records closed its U. The Billy Vera album spun off no hits, and failed to chart. A small-label album release fromThe Mystic Sound of Billy Verasimilarly met with little commercial success. Vera returned to playing the clubs of Southern California, and resumed calling his Do Right Woman-Do Right Man - Billy Vera & Judy Clay - Storybook Children band "The Beaters", which featured an ever-shifting lineup of players.
Ina producer from the television show Family Ties was in the audience and heard the band play "At This Moment". The song was subsequently featured in as a backdrop for romantic interludes between characters Alex Michael J. Fox and Ellen Tracy Pollan. The single "At This Moment" became a number one hit on its re-release,  reaching the top in Januaryand remained on the charts for 21 weeks. Vera also produced Rawls's final album, Rawls Sings Sinatrawhich remained on the jazz chart for over six months.
Currently the Beaters are still playing the Southern California club scene, and Vera continues his work as a music historian. He has helped produce, archive, and write liner notes for over reissue albums and sets, from artists such as Little RichardSam CookeLouis JordanRay CharlesLouis Primaamong others.
Billy returned to the studio in to record the album Timeless with three of the Beaters augmented by some of LA's top sidemen. Book publishing came calling and in his first effort, Vintage Neon: Los Angeles,featuring photographs from Vera's nocturnal hunts for old neon signs was released. His second book, a memoir entitled Harlem to Hollywood was released in Reviews hailed it as "an astounding story From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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