Billy & Ricky
Billy & Ricky (Jersey City, New Jersey)
1959 - Mama Papa Please / Baby Doll (Sue 711)
1959 - How You Sound / Buttercup (Sue 716)
R&B duo Billy & Ricky teamed singers James Ricketts and Billy Williams, who first began collaborating in 1953 as co-founders of the Jersey City vocal quartet the Roamers.
After releasing a pair of little-heard singles on Savoy -- 1954's "Deep Freeze" and the following year's "Chop, Chop, Ching-A-Ling" -- the Roamers' recording career essentially ground to a halt, although their Savoy deal kept them under wraps until 1958. The group dissolved in 1959, and Ricketts and Williams began performing as Billy & Ricky, soon signing to Juggy Murray's Sue label to release the singles "Mama Papa Please" and "How You Sound" to little notice.
In 1962 the duo reunited with fellow Roamers alum Sam Walton as the Astronauts, generating nothing beyond an unreleased demo before splitting two-years later.
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