- Billy Hill (songwriter)
William Joseph "Billy" Hill (
July 14, 1899, December 24, 1940) was an American songwriterand lyricist. Hill found fame writing cowboy songs, and his hits included "They Cut Down the Old Pine Tree", "The Last Roundup", "Wagon Wheels", and "Empty Saddles". Probably his biggest "hit" was "The Glory of Love" recorded by Benny Goodmanin 1936, Peggy Leein 1959, Dean Martinin 1966, Tom Rushin 1968, Eddy Arnoldin 1969, Wizz Jonesin 1970, Otis Redding, The Five Keys, and Bette Midlerfor the film " Beaches".
Hill was born in the
Jamaica Plainneighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. He studied the violinat the New England Conservatory of Musicunder Carl Muck. and played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Hill left home at seventeen and headed west, where he worked as a cowboyin Montana, a surveyor in Death Valley, and a prospector. He then returned to music, and played violin and piano in dance halls until forming his own jazz band in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Under the name of George "Funky" Brown, he co-wrote the song "
Have You Ever Been Lonely?"
* [http://www.americanmusicpreservation.com/billyhill.htm American Music Preservation] Billy Hill biography
* [http://www.westernmusic.org/HallOfFamefiles/BillyHill.html Western Music Hall of Fame] Songwriting career
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