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Billy Forrest Man With One Face And Many Names

BillyForestWHISNews21Billy Forrest Man With One Face And Many Names and We are Not Talking About Hats

Billy Forrest was born William Charles Boardman in Kimberley, South Africa in 1940 and moving forward 21 years to 1961 when Billy started his recording career there are many stories to tell. Billy Forrest released many albums and single’s during his long career, and has also had many, many hits during that time.

Billy Forrest

Billy Forrest

What many people do not really know is that many of those hits were not under his stage name of Billy Forrest. In fact what was probably his biggest hit was his version of ‘Lazy Life’ which spend many a week at the Top of the South African Charts under the name of Quentin E Klopjaeger. Another seemingly unknown fact to most of Billy’s fans are that he produced two of South Africa biggest hit’s ‘Cry To Me’ by the Staccatos and ‘Tchaikovsky One’ by ‘Omega Ltd’. In 1965 Billy was presented with a SARI Award for ‘Best Country And Western Singer’ for his #1 Charted song, “Hello Operator”. While performing as ‘The Dream Merchants’ Billy and fellow band member ‘Billy Andrews’ won a SARI Award in 1966 for ‘Best Beat Artist’

There is so much about Billy Forrest that even his fans may not even have known, as with this: In 1966 Billy Forrest launched a music magazine called Pop Gear SA with the main purpose of promoting South African artists. In the eighties he was back with the very successful TOP 20 which he part-owned and edited for two years, before launching Top 40 with Joe Theron in 1985.

Billy Forrests Own TV Show

Billy Forrests Own TV Show

With all that said Billy Forrest should have been happy with so many accomplishments but for ‘Billy Forrest’ that was just the beginning of a career which is still happening in 2014, as Billy is still recording new material and constantly performing on music shows almost every week.

“Then, at the end of 1964 it finally happened. Hello Operator, chosen for me by Peter Lotis, went to number one that Christmas, earning me my first Gold Disc Award and a few months later, in 1965, a SARI Award for best Country and Western Singer.” Billy Forrest

Billy’s music career is filled with so many high’s that any South African and even International artist would be envious when  looking at all his accomplishments. Maybe Billy was always in the right place at the right time, but one thing that cannot be ignored is his talent, imagination and professionalism when it comes to his music. He knew and still knows how to keep his friends, family and fans happy, We at WHISNews21 wish him many more years doing what he enjoys doing the most and undoubtably what his fans love him to do, and that is performing his exciting style of music for them.

 – Frans Maritz WHISNews21

Discussion

6 thoughts on “Billy Forrest Man With One Face And Many Names

  1. Where is Billy Forrest ? Is he still Entertaining ?

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    Posted by Danny Moodley | August 20, 2019, 7:38 pm
  2. I thought Cry to Me was produced by the Rolling Stones in 1965

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    Posted by Ben van Wyk | August 19, 2019, 7:00 pm
  3. This is just to say I have admired Billy since the 1950’s as his Mother and my Mother were best friends in Redcliff Rhodesia and when he started singing I loved his voice!
    Great man!

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    Posted by Yvonne (Ferreira) Wright | December 9, 2017, 6:55 pm
  4. When I worked at the Killarney Hotel in Brickhill Road Durban in 1963,i KNEW BILLY FORREST.
    I WAS A PAGE BOY THEN,
    HE WAS ENTERTAINING AT THE EL PASO NITE CLUB,
    i AM NOW 72 YEARS OLD,I REMEMBER THE SONGS HE SANG,
    HE ALSO HAD A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOUR,
    WHERE IS HE NOW

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    Posted by DANNY MOODLEY | September 21, 2017, 8:58 am
  5. Lazy Life…a lovely song
    and one of the first I learned to play

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    Posted by Brian | February 17, 2016, 2:14 pm

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