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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Roy Hamilton born 16 April 1929

Roy Hamilton (April 16, 1929 – July 20, 1969) was an American singer, who achieved major success in the US R&B and pop charts in the 1950s.
Roy Hamilton, during his illustrious 15-year singing career, was known by many nicknames: Mr. Rock and Soul, The Gentle Giant, and, most notably, The Golden Boy of Song. But few of these nicknames fully encompass the majesty of his voice, the influence
he had on the artists of his generation, or the legacy his music has left behind. He was idolized by Elvis Presley, emulated by Jackie Wilson and Brook Benton, and covered by the Righteous Brothers. And his voice and legacy have earned him a place in the annals of history for years to come.
Born on April 16, 1929 in Leesburg, Georgia, Roy began his journey into music history singing in his local church choir at the tender age of six. He continued moulding his voice within church when his family moved to Jersey City, New Jersey when Roy was 14, becoming a feature soloist in the Central Baptist Church Choir. In high school, believing his destiny set for singing, he soon turned his path towards the performing arts. He also became a boxer, and attained six victories as an amateur heavyweight before becoming put off by the violence of the sport.
In 1948, Roy continued to perfect his signature baritone as a member of a gospel quartet called The Searchlight Singers. Soon, however, he yearned for the solo spotlight, and began performing in clubs throughout New Jersey and New York. It was there that he met his future manager, Bill Cook, a DJ who hosted a live radio program at the Caravan Club in Newark, NJ in 1953. Roy tore down the house with the song that would become his first hit, "You'll Never Walk Alone". From there, Bill took Roy under his wing as his manager, and Roy was signed to Columbia Records, his first major label, in December of that year.
"You'll Never Walk Alone" is a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel.
Roy Hamilton's version was a Billboard R&B number-one single March 27, 1954 - May 15, 1954

During his career, Roy spawned over 50 singles, eight of which crossed over to the pop charts. His bevy of hits included the aforementioned "Walk", released in 1954, which went to number one on the R&B chart and was a pop hit, "Unchained Melody", another number one R&B hit as well as a top ten pop hit the following year, and the up-tempo hits "Don't Let Go" in 1958 and "You Can Have Her", in 1961, both top ten hits. He also berthed a great deal of minor hits, such as his version of "Ebb Tide", "Hurt", "If I Loved You", "Forgive This Fool", and "Without a Song".
He rigorously toured and performed all over the world, his rich voice and prolific repertoire fitting in at the supper-clubs and cocktail lounges just as easily as on the Chitlin' Circuit. His bona fide status as a Rock and Roll, star, however, got him a featured spot in the 1958 Columbia Pictures movie "Let's Rock".
Unfortunately, Roy's star was tragically extinguished when he suffered a stroke in New Rochelle, New York. Despite surgery, he died soon after on July 20, 1969, at the age of 40, leaving behind his wife Myrna, and two sons, Roy Hamilton Jr. and Ray Hamilton. However, Roy's memory is left alive by the countless volumes of work he left in his stead, his influence on the countless artists he inspired and the ones who followed in their footsteps, and his family, who tirelessly work to ensure that the legend of The Golden Boy will never be forgotten.
As of January, 2009, Roy Hamilton has been Inducted into, "The Hit Parade Hall Of Fame", "Reflections In Black Museum Hall Of Fame" and "The Georgia Music Hall Of Fame". He has also been granted a Honorary Laureate Degree at Morris Brown University, Atlanta, GA. (Info
Here's a  clip from the movie "Let's Rock" - 1958

1 comment:

boppinbob said...

For Roy Hamilton - Unchained Melody, go here:

1. Unchained Melody (02:49)
2. Cheek to Cheek (02:31)
3. You'll Never Walk Alone (03:08)
4. I Miss You So (02:35)
5. Speak Low (02:24)
6. Hurt (02:06)
7. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (02:49)
8. Pledging My Love (02:38)
9. Ebb Tide (02:32)
10. Forgive This Fool (02:12)
11. So Let There Be Love (02:34)
12. You Wanted to Change Me (02:17)
13. Oh What a Night for Love (02:45)
14. I Believe (02:04)
15. Always (02:22)
16. Time After Time (03:16)

For Roy Hamilton – Tore Up: The RCA and AGP Singles go here:

01. It’s Only Make Believe 03:18
02. Angelica 03:15
03. Hang Ups 02:42
04. The Dark End Of The Street 02:38
05. One Hundred Years 02:17
06. You Shook Me Up 02:40
07. So High My Love 02:29
08. I Taught Her Everything She Knows 02:18
09. Lament 02:56
10. Let The Music Play 02:31
11. Reach Out For Me 02:51
12. Crackin’ Up Over You 02:18
13. Walk Hand In Hand 02:35
14. The Impossible Dream 02:47
15. She’s Got A Heart 02:19
16. And I Love Her 02:35
17. Tore Up Over You 02:12
18. Heartache (Hurry On By) 02:35
19. Ain’t It The Truth 02:43
20. I Get The Blues When It Rains 02:42
21. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart 02:46
22. It’s Only Make Believe (Mono) 03:20