Billy Price (singer)

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Billy Price performing in Pittsburgh

Billy Price is the stage name of the American soul singer. Born William Pollak in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, United States, on November 10,[1] 1949, he has lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, since the mid-1970s.[2]

Career

Price attracted national attention in the mid-1970s during his three-year collaboration with blues guitarist Roy Buchanan. The pair toured the U.S. and Canada, playing Carnegie Hall in New York, the Newport Jazz Festival, the Roxy and Troubadour in Los Angeles, and the Spectrum in Philadelphia. After leaving Buchanan, Price formed the Keystone Rhythm Band, which toured the Eastern US on a circuit that stretched from Boston to Atlanta with large followings in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and North Carolina. Sustaining several personnel changes, the band performed until 1990. He then formed The Billy Price Band, which currently consists of Steve Delach (guitar), Paul Thompson (bass), Dave Dodd (drums), Jimmy Britton (keyboards), Joe Herndon (trumpet), and Eric DeFade (tenor sax).

Though he works full-time in corporate communications at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, he continues to perform regularly in Pittsburgh, the eastern United States, and occasionally in Europe.

Discography

2015: "This Time For Real" with Otis Clay.

2010: "Billy Price and Fred Chapellier Live on Stage" - CD and DVD documenting the May 2009 Night Work tour, featuring French guitarist Fred Chapellier and his band and Billy Price Band keyboard player Jimmy Britton. Recorded live at Espace Manureva, Charleville-Mézieres, France.

2009: "Night Work." DixieFrog Records (France), with French guitarist Fred Chapellier and special guests Otis Clay and Mark Wenner of The Nighthawks.

2006: "East End Avenue." 14 songs (13 original), including six co-written with Jon Tiven.

2003: "Funky, Funky Soul." DVD of performance at the Belgium Rhythm & Blues Festival.

2002: "Sworn Testimony: The Billy Price Band Live." Double-CD of April 2002 performance at the Ram's Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD.

1999: "Can I Change My Mind." Collection of songs written specifically for Price by Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams.

1997: "The Soul Collection." CD containing 16 soul songs including a duet with Otis Clay, "That's How It Is."

1993: "Danger Zone." Price's first album without the Keystone Rhythm Band.

1988: "Free At Last." Album with the Keystone Rhythm Band featuring songs written by Price and other members of the band.

1984: "Live." Recording of Billy Price and the Keystone Rhythm Band live at the Wax Museum in Washington D.C.

1981, 1979: "Is It Over?, They Found Me Guilty."CD of Price's first two albums with the Keystone Rhythm Band.

References

  1. "A bluesy birthday tribute to Billy Price". Communityvoices.post-gazette.com. 2012-11-10. Retrieved 2014-03-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Thompson, Toby. "Billy Price: East Coast Blue-Eyed Soul Man", copy of article from The Penn Stater at billyprice.com, January / February 2000. Accessed April 23, 2008. ""Forget Billy Price from Pittsburgh's rock cauldron. Meet William Pollak '71, '79, Liberal Arts, from Fair Lawn."

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