Posted: 3:50 pm Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Another Georgia Rock Pioneer Gone… 

By Steve Craig

Sad to hear of the passing of Billy Joe Royal… A true Southern Music Pioneer, merging Southern Rock, Soul and Country into a very neat package.  Born in Valdosta and raised in Marietta, Billy Joe had a string of hits including “Hush”, later covered by Deep Purple for their very first hit.. “Cherry Hill Park” (my fave!) and the big one from 50 years ago, “Down In The Boondocks”

He died yesterday in his sleep, reportedly from heart complications.  He was 73.

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