•     Billy Vera & the Contrasts (Wetchester, New York)
    aka The Kinght Riders (1)  aka Blue-Eyed Soul

    Personnel :

    Billy Vera (Lead Tenor)

    Ronnie Hinds

    Bob Powers

    Al Esposito


    Discography :

    Billy Vera & The Contrasts
    1962 - My Heart cries / All My love (Rust 5051)

    The Knight Riders (1)
    1961 – My Heart cries / All My love  (Club 1220/Souvenir)

    Blue-Eyed Soul
    1966 – Shadow Of Your Love / Look Gently At The Rain (Cameo 401)
    1966 – Somethin’ New / Tonight I Am A King (Cameo 423)

    Biography :

    Billy Vera was born in Riverside, California. He began his singing career in 1962 as a member of the Resolutions. He went on to write several songs throughout the early 1960s, writing for the likes of Barbara Lewis, Fats Domino, The Shirelles and Ricky Nelson. He also wrote the garage band classic, "Don't Look Back", performed by the Remains.


    The Kinght Riders got their musical education backing hit record acts of the day: the Drifters, the Coasters, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles, Little Anthony & the Imperials and many more. "My Heart cries / All My love"  was released on the Rust label, a subsidiary of Laurie Records, in 1962.


    It was made by the band using the name Contrasts because they were under contract elsewhere. The group later changed its name to Blue-Eyed Soul.

    Songs :

    Billy Vera & the Contrasts

    My Heart cries                                 All My love

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