Billy Adams & Bill Yates

Real name: Billy Wayne Adams
Born: June 9, 1937, Alcorn County, Mississippi
Died: December 3, 1984, Shelby County, Tennessee
 
 

Real name: Bill Yates
Born: December 21, 1936, Columbus, Georgia
Died: December 8, 2007, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
 
 


BILLY ADAMS / SINGLES

HOME OF THE BLUES 239 – BILLY ADAMS
Had The Blues (Twist) / Looking For My Baby (Mary Ann) (1/1962 US)

HOME OF THE BLUES 242 (white label promo) – BILLY ADAMS
My Happiness / Big M (4/1962 US)

HOME OF THE BLUES 242 – BILLY ADAMS
My Happiness / Big M (4/1962 US)

APT 25072 (white label promo) – BILLY ADAMS
My Happiness (instr.) / Big M (instr.) (10/1962 US)

APT 25072 – BILLY ADAMS
My Happiness (instr.) / Big M (instr.) (10/1962 US)

SUN 389 (white label promo) – BILLY ADAMS
Betty And Dupree / Got My Mojo Workin’ (1/1964 US)

SUN 389 – BILLY ADAMS
Betty And Dupree / Got My Mojo Workin’ (1/1964 US)

SUN 391 (white label promo) – BILLY ADAMS (DUET BILLY ADAMS AND JESSE CARTER) (a) / BILLY ADAMS (b)
Trouble In Mind / Lookin’ For My Mary Ann (4/1964 US)

SUN 391 – BILLY ADAMS (DUET BILLY ADAMS AND JESSE CARTER) (a) / BILLY ADAMS (b)
Trouble In Mind / Lookin’ For My Mary Ann (4/1964 US)

SUN 394 (white label promo) – BILLY ADAMS
Reconsider Baby / Ruby Jane (9/1964 US)

SUN 394 – BILLY ADAMS
Reconsider Baby / Ruby Jane (9/1964 US)

SUN 401 (white label promo) – BILLY ADAMS
Open The Door Richard / Rock Me Baby (2/1966 US)

SUN 401 – BILLY ADAMS
Open The Door Richard / Rock Me Baby (2/1966 US)

PIXIE 005 – BILLY ADAMS
Adam And Eve (In The Garden) / Dudley (Do The Right King) (1969 US)


In addition, Billy Adams [vcl/dms] did an unreleased session (with Billy Yates [pno], Dane Stinit [gtr] and Donald “Duck” Dunn [bs]) at Sam Phillips Recording Studio (639 Madison Avenue) in Memphis, Tennessee on December 5, 1965, including at least the song “Empire”. There is also an unissued early version of “Reconsider Baby” recorded at 639 Madison Ave. on April 6, 1964, featuring Billy Adams [vcl/dms], Jesse Carter [vcl/bs], Bill Yates [pno], Russ Carlton [sax], Lee Adkins [gtr] and Gene Parker [dms].

Billy Adams on the Spanish 1961 various artists EP titled “The Twist” (Iberofon IB-45-1.113) performing the Hank Ballard song “The Twist” is another artist of the same name.


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BILLY ADAMS / COLLECTIONS

BEAR FAMILY BCD 17116 AH [CD] – ROCK ME BABY – THE SUN YEARS, PLUS – THE SUN, HOME OF THE BLUES, AND PIXIE SINGLES, AND THE UNISSUED SESSIONS (2013 GER)
Had The Blues (Twist) / Looking For My Baby (Mary Ann) / Big M (instr.) / My Happiness (instr.) / Betty And Dupree / Got My Mojo Working / Trouble In Mind / Looking For Mary Ann / Reconsider Baby / Ruby Jane / Open The Door Richard / Rock Me Baby / Adam And Eve (In The Garden) / Dudley (The Do Right King) / Fee Bee (instr., prev. unissued) / Memphis Twist (prev. unissued) / Send Me Some Lovin’ (instr., prev. unissued) / I’m Like Poison Ivy / Raining In My Heart (prev. unissued 12/1963 Sun recording) / Love Me, Love Me, Cherry (prev. unissued) / Just Look Over Your Shoulder (prev. unissued) / Same Thing (prev. unissued) / Just Plain Hurt (prev. unissued 12/1963 Sun recording) / ‘Til Your Memory Goes Away (prev. unissued 12/1963 Sun recording) / Ruby Jane (alt. take, prev. unssued) / Trouble In Mind (alt. take, prev. unssued) / Reconsider Baby (alt. take, prev. unssued) / Love Me, Love Me, Cherry (alt. take, prev. unssued 12/1963 Sun recording) / Big M (alt. take, instr., prev. unssued 12/1963 Sun recording) / Memphis Twist (alt. take, prev. unssued) / Billy’s Jazz (instr., prev. unssued)

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BILLY ADAMS COMPILATIONS

COLLECTOR CL 1010 [LP] – V/A: ROCK AND ROLL, VOL. 3 (1972 HOL) Big M (instr.)

CHARLY CR 30106 [LP] – V/A: SUN: THE ROOTS OF ROCK, VOLUME 6 – SUNSET SOUL (1976 UK) Rock Me Baby
– Spanish edition: Charly 30-CH43, 1979 / Italian edition: Charly CR 30106, 1979 / Greek edition: Charly CR 30106, 1979 –

CHARLY CR 30101 [LP] – V/A: SUN: THE ROOTS OF ROCK, VOLUME 1 – CATALYST (1976 UK) Reconsider Baby
– Spanish edition: Charly 30-CH38, 1979 / Italian edition: Charly CR 30101, 1979 / Japanese edition: Sun RMP-5145, 1979 –

CHARLY CR 30149 [LP] – V/A: SUN SOUND SPECIAL – MEMPHIS BEAT (1978 UK) Trouble In Mind / Betty And Dupree / Got My Mojo Workin’

CHARLY/SUN SUN BOX 109 [8-LP] – V/A: SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60’S (1989 UK) Poison Ivy (= I’m Like Poison Ivy; prev. unissued 12/1963 Sun recording) / Trouble In Mind / Reconsider Baby / Rock Me Baby

BEAR FAMILY BCD 15805 DI [4-CD] – V/A: THE COMPLETE SUN SINGLES, VOL. 5 – FROM THE VAULTS (1997 GER) Betty And Dupree / Got My Mojo Workin’ / Lookin’ For My Mary Ann / Trouble In Mind / Reconsider Baby / Ruby Jane / Open The Door Richard / Rock Me Baby

FAB-U-LUS FBUBX002 [8-CD] – V/A: SUN RECORD COMPANY: 50 GOLDEN YEARS, 1952-2002 – A COMMEMORATIVE COLLECTION (2002 UK) Reconsider Baby

CHARLY SNAD 530 CD [2-CD] – V/A: THE SAM PHILLIPS STORY – THE MAN WHO FOUND THE STARS (2004 UK) Lookin’ For My Mary Ann

WETON LATRA587 [5-CD] (unofficial release) – V/A: HAPPY HIPPIE HITS – 40 YEARS (2009 EU) Reconsider Baby

STOMPER TIME STCD 39 [CD] – V/A: ROCKIN’ RHYTHM’N’BLUES FROM MEMPHIS, VOL. 2 (2019 UK) Fee Bee (instr.)

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BILL YATES / SINGLES

1ST F-101 (promo) – BILLY YATES
F-101 Mojo / All I Need Is You (8/1961 US)

BETLEHEM 45-3039 (white label promo) – BILLY YATES
Blues Like Midnight / Fool Around With Love (10/1962 US)

BETLEHEM 45-3039 – BILLY YATES
Blues Like Midnight / Fool Around With Love (10/1962 US)

SUN 390 (white label promo) – BILL YATES AND HIS T-BIRDS
Don’t Step On My Dog / Stop, Wait And Listen (5/1964 US)

SUN 390 – BILL YATES AND HIS T-BIRDS
Don’t Step On My Dog / Stop, Wait And Listen (5/1964 US)

SUN 397 (white label promo) – “GORGEOUS BILL”
Too Late To Right My Wrong / Carleen (3/1965 US)

SUN 397 – “GORGEOUS BILL”
Too Late To Right My Wrong / Carleen (3/1965 US)

SUN 399 (white label promo) – BILL YATES
Big Big World / I Dropped My M & M’s (2/1966 US)

SUN 399 – BILL YATES
Big Big World / I Dropped My M & M’s (2/1966 US)

PIXIE 001 – BILL YATES
Albuquerque / Signs In The Sand (1969 US)

MEMPHIS COUNTRY CR 005/006 – BILL YATES
Poor But Proud / Greatest Star Of All (1977 US)

EMERY NR8809-1/NR8809-2 [matrix] – BILL YATES
Elvis We Miss You / Golden Guitar (1978 US)

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BILL YATES / COLLECTIONS

BEAR FAMILY BCD 17277 AH [CD] – BLUES LIKE MIDNIGHT – THE SUN YEARS, PLUS (ALL THE MEMPHIS SESSIONS FOR SUN, HOME OF THE BLUES, 1ST, AND PIXIE RECORDS) (2013 GER)
Mojo / All I Need Is You / Blues Like Midnight / Fool Around With Love / Don’t Step On My Dog / Stop, Wait And Listen / Carleen / Too Late To Right My Wrong / Big Big World / I Dropped My M & M’s / Signs In The Sand / Albuquerque / Blues Like Midnight (prev. unissued alt. take, c. 1961-62 Memphis recording) / (I’ll Never) Fool Around With Love (No More) (prev. unissued c. 1961-62 Memphis recording) / I’m So Lonely Without You (prev. unissued c. 1961-62 Memphis recording) / I Believe To My Soul (prev. unissued c. 1961-62 Memphis recording) / World Of Make Believe (prev. unissued c. 1961-62 Memphis recording) / Before I Lose My Mind (prev. unissued c. 1961-62 Memphis recording) / Boom Boom (prev. unissued 5/1963 Sun recording) / Every Night About This Time (prev. unissued 5/1963 Sun recording) / Before I Lose My Mind (prev. unissued 5/1963 Sun recording, alt. take) / High On The Hill (instr., prev. unissued 9/1964 Sun recording) / Recipe For Love (prev. unissued 9/1964 Sun recording) / Tiny Tears (prev. unissued 9/1964 Sun recording) / Share Your Love With Me (prev. unissued 1/1966 Sun recording) / Carleen (prev. unissued 9/1964 Sun recording, alt. take) / You Seem Like A Stranger To Me (instr., prev. unissued 9/1964 Sun recording) / Two Can Play The Game (prev. unissued 1/1966 Sun recording) / I Dropped My M & M’s (alt. take, prev. unissued 1/1966 Sun recording) / Big Big World (alt. take, prev. unissued 1/1966 Sun recording) / Popcorn Polly (prev. unissued 5/1963 Sun recording) / She’s Still Got A Hold On Me (prev. unissued 1/1966 Sun recording) / Bill’s Jazz (instr., prev. unissued c. 1961-62 Memphis recording)

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BILL YATES / COMPILATIONS

CHARLY/SUN SUN BOX 109 [8-LP] – V/A: SUN RECORDS INTO THE 60’S (1989 UK)
Stop, Wait And Listen / Don’t Step On My Dog / Too Late To Right My Wrong / Big Big World

BEAR FAMILY BCD 15805 DI [4-CD] – V/A: THE COMPLETE SUN SINGLES, VOL. 5 – FROM THE VAULTS (1997 GER)
Don’t Step On My Dog / Stop, Wait And Listen / Too Late To Right My Wrong / Carleen / Big Big World / Too Late To Right My Wrong

STOMPER TIME STCD 39 [CD] – V/A: ROCKIN’ RHYTHM’N’BLUES FROM MEMPHIS, VOL. 2 (2019 UK)
I Believe To My Soul

BEAR FAMILY BAF14016 [10″ LP] – V/A: BEALE STREET BEATS, VOLUME 1 – HOME OF THE BLUES (2021 GER)
I Believe To My Soul

BEAR FAMILY BCD 17574 [CD] – V/A: DESTINATION LONELY STREET – 32 TEARJERKERS FOR MY SHADOW, MY ECHO AND ME (2021 GER)
I’m So Lonely Without You

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© Compiled by Pete Hoppula

Online sources: http://www.bear-family.com/adams-billy | http://rcs-discography.com/rcs/search.php?type=acode&key=adam3000 | http://www.discogs.com/artist/4079045-Billy-Adams-13 | http://www.45cat.com/artist/billy-adams-memphis | http://countrydiscoghraphy2.blogspot.com/2015/08/billy-adams.html | https://www.bear-family.com/yates-bill | http://countrydiscoghraphy2.blogspot.com/2016/01/bill-yates.html | https://www.45cat.com/artist/bill-yates | https://www.discogs.com/artist/1009406-Bill-Yates-2

Note: The contents of this website are informative only! All the corrections/additions are welcome. E-mail: petehoppula @ hotmail.com

Revised on October 11, 2021

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