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Billy Joe Royal (born April 3, 1942) is an Americanmarker singer.


Born in Valdosta, Georgiamarker and raised in Mariettamarker, Royal became a local star at Savannah, Georgia'smarker Bamboo Ranch in the 1950s and 1960s. He is best known for the 1965 Top 10 pop hit "Down in the Boondocks," which, along with the singles "I Knew You When" (Top 20, 1965) and "Hush" (1967), were written and produced by Joe South. His 1969 single, "Cherry Hill Park," peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100.

During the 1980s, Royal scored a comeback with several Top 10 country hits, including "Tell It Like It Is," "Burned Like a Rocket," and "I'll Pin a Note on Your Pillow."

When his rejuvenated career as a country music hitmaker quieted down, he followed up with bookings throughout the 1990s in large country music bar and became a successful act on that circuit.



Year Album Chart Positions RIAA
US Country US
1965 Billy Joe Royal
Down in the Boondocks 96
1969 Cherry Hill Park 100
1980 Billy Joe Royal
1986 Looking Ahead 21
1987 The Royal Treatment 5 Gold
1989 Tell It Like It Is 15
1990 Out of the Shadows 24
1991 Greatest Hits 32


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country US CAN Country CAN
1965 "Down in the Boondocks" 9 1 Down in the Boondocks
"I Knew You When" 14 1
1966 "I've Got to Be Somebody" 38 15
"Heart's Desire" 88 56 Singles only
"Campfire Girls" 91 68
1967 "Yo-Yo" 117 42
"Hush" 52
1969 "Cherry Hill Park" 15 8 Cherry Hill Park
1971 "Tulsa" 86 81 Singles only
1978 "Under the Boardwalk"A 82 74
1985 "Burned Like a Rocket" 10 Looking Ahead
1986 "Boardwalk Angel" 41 37
"I Miss You Already" 14
1987 "Old Bridges Burn Slow" 11
"Members Only" (w/ Donna Fargo) 23 The Royal Treatment
"I'll Pin a Note on Your Pillow" 5 17
1988 "Out of Sight and on My Mind" 10 7
"It Keeps Right on Hurtin'" 17 *
1989 "Tell It Like It Is" 2 2 Tell It Like It Is
"Love Has No Right" 4 3
"Till I Can't Take It Anymore" 2 3
1990 "Searchin' for Some Kind of Clue" 17 33 Out of the Shadows
"A Ring Where a Ring Used to Be" 33 43
1991 "If the Jukebox Took Teardrops" 29 24
1992 "I'm Okay (And Gettin' Better)" 51 68 Single only
2009 "Hard Rock to Roll"B TBD
  • A"Under the Boardwalk" also peaked at #37 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.
  • BCurrent single.


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