There is no part of the music business in which
Billy Terrell hasn't been involved in during a career that has spanned
more than four decades. Since being discovered as a singer by New York TV
dance-party host Clay Cole in 1963, Billy won acclaim as a vocalist,
composer, arranger and record producer.
Though originally a singer of other's songs, Billy soon began composing
his own material. This lead to a deal, in 1965, with the legendary Kama
Sutra label. But fate, in the form of the military draft of the 1960s,
intervened. While recording his first album, he was sent to Vietnam,
where he served two years before returning home and to a radically changed
world---and music industry.
Although the kind of R&B-inflected pop that was Billy's specialty as a
singer was no longer in vogue during the era of "underground" rock, Billy
was undaunted. He simply turned his considerable talents to the
behind-the-scenes realm, beginning a long, successful career as a composer
and record producer.
In all, songs and albums written, produced and/or published by Billy have
made the Billboard charts 49 times in 8 genres.
Among his clients have been Helen Reddy, Maria Muldaur, David Clayton
Thomas (formerly of Blood, Sweat & Tears), The Average White Band (AWB),
LeVert, Gerald LeVert & Mikki Howard, Michael Feinstein, Tony DeSare,
Lorrie Morgan, The Duprees, Bobby Rydell, The Angels, Danny & The Juniors,
The Moments, The Manhattans, Deborah Washington, Jessica Williams, Debbie
Taylor, The Persians, Gary Criss, Benny Troy, The Rhythm Makers and many
others including Frankie Avalon whose chart topping, 1976 disco remake of
"Venus" was conceived, arranged and produced by Billy.
Despite a stellar career in the music business, Billy has found time to
find success in other fields. For more than 20 years, he has toured the
country as a stand-up comic. And as a successful businessman, Billy has
overseen a number of companies involved in music marketing. His Laurus
Creative Concepts is a leading broker of music-related packages sold on
QVC and The Home Shopping Network.
In addition, Laurus Creative Concepts has a joint venture relationship
with AVMG/Red Post in New York City for the development and production of
concert and documentary programming for PBS and cable television
channels. Billy conceived and co-produced the two-hour documentary
"Temples Of Rock" with Betelgeuse Productions and Clear Channel, which
aired on The Travel Channel in 2004.
In the spring of 2008, Billy and Laurus Creative have expanded with the
formation of Premium Music Solutions, LLC in association with
DeSimone/Gross, LLC. The entity specializes in the development of
theme/title driven CD/DVD products, on line marketing/distribution and
catalog representation worldwide.