BILLY WRIGHT

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Billy Wright was a somewhat obscure southern rhythm & blues artist who lived in Atlanta GA ( born 1932 - died 1991) and recorded over 30 songs for the Savoy and Regent labels, several of which were regional hit singles beginning in 1949. He was also known as an out gay drag performer, popular on the bawdy 'tent show queen' circuit, and was a major influence on Little Richard, recommending Little Richard to rca for his first recording contract.

Little Richard, wrote of Wright, "I thought he was the most fantastic entertainer I had ever seen. His gospel-style-blues shouting and crying made a tremendous mark on performers in and around Atlanta...Billy had four top ten R&B hits in 1949-1951 ... His makeup was really something. I found out what it was and started using it myself. It was called Pancake 31.”

Wright regularly performed at venues around
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