• Billy & Lillie aka Billie & Lillie aka Billy & Lilly

     Billy & Lillie aka Billie & Lillie

    Billy & Lillie (New York)
    aka Billie & Lillie aka  Billy & Lilly
    (By Hans-Joachim)

     



    Personnel:

    Billy Ford

    Lillie Bryant





    Discography:

    Singles :

    Billy & Lillie
    1957 - La Dee Dah / The Monster (Billy Ford & The Thunderbirds) (Swan 4002)
    1958 - Happiness / Creepin' Crawlin' Cryin' (Swan 4005)

    Billie & Lillie
    1958 - The Greasy Spoon / Hangin’ On To You (Swan 4011)

    Billy & Lillie
    1958 - Lucky Ladybug / I Promise You (Swan 4020)
    1959 - Lucky Ladybug / I Promise You (Casino 105)
    1959 - Tumbled Down / Aloysius Horatio Thomas The Cat (Swan 4030)
    1959 - Bells, Bells, Bells / Honeymoonin' (Swan 4036)
    1959- Terrific Together / Swampy (Swan 4042)
    1960- Free For All / The Ins And Outs Of Love (Swan 4051)
    1960- Over The Mountain, Across The Sea / That's The Way The Cookie Crumbles (Ah-So) (Swan 4058)
    1961 - Bananas / Ain't Comin' Back To You (Swan 4069)

    Billy & Lilly
    1962 - My Pledge Of Love / You Made Me Love You (Stacy 928)

    Billy & Lillie & The Thunderbirds (4)
    1963 - Whip It To Me Baby / Love Me Sincerely (ABC-Paramount 10421)

    Billy & Lillie
    1963 - Carry Me ‘Cross The Threshold / Why I Love Billie (Why I Love Lillie) (ABC-Paramount10489)

    Billie & Lillie
    1964 - Tic Tac Toe / Coconut Cake (Ric 144)

    Billy & Lilly & The Thunderbirds (4)
    1965 - Baby You Don't Know / I'm In Love (Crossroad 101)

    Billy & Lillie
    1966 - Nothing Moves (Without A Push) / The Two Of Us (Cameo 412)
    1966 - You Got Me By The Heart / Hear, You Better Hear! (Cameo 435)


    Unreleased :

    n/a - Draggin’
    n/a - Till Death Do Us Part



    Lillie Bryant
    1957 - The Good Good Morning, Baby / Gambler (Cameo 122)
    1959 - Smoky Gray Eyes / I’ll Never Be Free (Swan 4029)
    1966 - Meet Me Half Way / Mama (Tay-Ster 6016)





    Biography:

    Billy & Lillie were an American pop vocal duo, comprised of Billy Ford (born March 9, 1925, Bloomfield, New Jersey) and Lillie Bryant (born February 14, 1940, Newburg, New York).

     Billy & Lillie aka Billie & Lillie
    Billy Ford was a trumpeter and singer and began his career in 1942. He had recorded two singles for United Records, without attaining much commercial success. When Lillie Bryant turned 14 she appeared during an amateur night at New York City's legendary Apollo Theater. For the next few years she performed in New York City working at different clubs.

     Billy & Lillie aka Billie & Lillie

    In 1957 Ford and his band, The Thunderbirds, auditioned for Frank Slay and Bob Crewe's XYZ production company in the New York City Rehearsal studio the very same day as Billy tested out Lillie to replace one of his vocalists. Bob Crewe came up with the suggestion to record her with Billy as a duo in an attempt to cash in on the popularity of acts such as Mickey & Sylvia as well as providing a Pearl Bailey/Louis Armstrong comedic approach.

     Billy & Lillie aka Billie & Lillie 

    Billy & The Thunderbirds


    They recorded for Swan Records in the late 1950s and charted three hit singles in the United States, two of them written by the songwriter and record producer Bob Crewe. Billy & Lillie’s backing group was Billy Ford’s Thunderbirds. The first single, "La Dee Dah", was the only one of them to hit the Top 10 on the Billboard charts, peaking at #9.
    Billy Ford died at age 59 in 1985.




    Sources:

    Lillie Bryant biography by Ronnie Allen at Jersey Girls Sing
    Lillie Bryant biography by Dik de Heer at Shakin’ Stacks
    Billy & Lillie biography by The Big Geeze at Geezer Music Club
    Billy & Lillie label scans at 45cat
    Billy & Lillie discography at Soulful Kinda Music

     




    Songs:

    Billy & Lilly

         
    La Dee Dah               The Monster (Billy Ford & The Thunderbirds)              Happiness

         
    Creepin' Crawlin' Cryin'       The Greasy Spoon / Hangin’ On To You       Lucky Ladybug

         
    I Promise You                    Tumbled Down           Aloysius Horatio Thomas The Cat

         
    Bells, Bells, Bells                  Honeymoonin'                    Terrific Together

         
    Swampy                 Over The Mountain, Across The Sea            That's The Way The Cookie Crumbles (Ah-So)

      
    Bananas / Ain't Comin' Back To You                My Pledge Of Love / You Made Me Love You

         
    Whip It To Me Baby          Love Me Sincerely         Why I Love Billie (Why I Love Lillie)

         
    Baby You Don't Know / I'm In Love         Nothing Moves (Without A Push)      The Two Of Us

      
    You Got Me By The Heart / Hear, You Better Hear!         Draggin’ / Till Death Do Us Part

     

    Lillie Bryant


    Good Good Morning, Baby /The Gambler

         
    Smoky Gray Eyes          I’ll Never Be Free                Meet Me Half Way

     

     

     

     

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  • Comments

    1
    Sunday 23rd July at 19:05
    Lillie Bryant~Howard

    WOW! I was surprised to see songs on here that are not me, the "ORIGINAL" Lillie!

    1. M Pledge of Love 2.You Made Me Love You 3.Whip It To Me Baby 4.Love Me Sincerely 5.Why I Love Billy 6. Baby You Don't Know/I'm In Love 7.Nothing Moves Without A Push 8.The Two Of Us 9. You Got Me By The Heart/Hear, You Better Hear 10. Meet Me Half Way

    Those songs were recorded after Billy & I split up. I left at the end of 1959 due to serious differences that Billy and I had. Looking back I should have obtained a good lawyer so maybe things would have turned out differently. Billy couldn't handle the fact that I was a newbie in show business and he had been in the business at least 15 years prior to my coming on the scene. I was a teenager and he was in his 30's. He wanted the record to just have Billy Ford's Thunderbirds on the label but Bob Crewe and Frank Slay wanted it to be a duo because duos were steaming hot during that time. I'm working on my book therefore I won't divulge any more information. I am still performing and hopefully "The View" , "Steve Harvey", "Wendy Williams", The Real" or some other shows would love to interview me for I'm one of the few left from that era. and I have quite a story to tell!  My website is www.lillieladybug.com. Check it out!

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