Billy Joe & The Checkmates

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        b. Louis Bideu, 21 March 1919, El Paso, Texas, USA. Under the pseudonym Billy Joe Hunter he fronted this fictitious recording group. Bideau, or Lew Bedell as he was then known, started in showbusiness as a comedian and had his own radio show in New York in the mid-50s. In the early 60s he teamed up with noted arranger/composer Ernie Freeman, who had recently had a big hit with GÇÿRaunchyGÇÖ. Together they wrote a catchy xylophone-led instrumental that they named GÇÿPercolatorGÇÖ... Read more

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