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Billy May

Billy May
Born: Nov 10, 1916 in Pittsburgh, PA
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Died: Jan 22, 2004 in San Juan Capistrano, CA
Genre: Jazz, Pop/Rock
Biography: The last of the great arrangers who wrote regularly for Frank Sinatra, Billy May had several varied careers in and out of jazz. His first notable gig was as an arranger/trumpeter with Charlie Barnet (1938-1940), for whom he wrote the wah-wah-ing hit arrangement of Ray Noble's "Cherokee." Later, he worked ...Read full biography
Billy May Today!
Released: 1966
Label: Capitol
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Billy May's great mod album Today! packs some incredible punches. The horns and big beat of "Michelle" are supplemented with an eerie electronic "space" effect, as if Michelle is a swank, green-skinned ...Read full review
A Band Is Born
Released: 1952
Label: Pausa Records
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In the early 1950s, a period when big bands were becoming extinct, one of the very few to catch on was arranger Billy May's. May utilized a trademark sliding saxophone sound and a rhythm section that sounds ...Read full review
More Billy May albums: Main Albums (19), Compilations (34)
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