Billy Mure

Billy Mure (born Sebastian Mure; July 7, 1915 – September 25, 2013) was an American guitarist and songwriter who recorded several albums in the 1950s and 1960s in a variety of styles, including surf, Hawaiian music, swing, pop, and lounge.

Mure was born in New York City and played violin at age 9, before making guitar his primary instrument. He played in bands while in the service during World War II and found work at radio station WNEW after the war until 1957. In addition to his solo recordings, he worked as a session musician, composer, and arranger. He wrote the popular instrumental "Toy Balloons". In 1959, he released the single "A String of Trumpets", credited to Billy Mure and the Trumpeteers; the song reached #64 on the Billboard Hot 100. Mure had been performing for the past seven years with his band (Top Hats) at Squid Lips in Sebastian, Florida.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 7th, 1915, Died September 25th, 2013 (Vero Beach)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1949 - 1954

Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar, electric guitar, composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 43 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor E0VB-3833 10-in. 3/2/1950 Green as grass Rosalie Allen ; Black River Riders Female vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E0VB-3834 10-in. 3/2/1950 Choc'late ice cream cone Rosalie Allen ; Black River Riders Female vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E0VB-3835 10-in. 3/2/1950 My dolly has a broken heart Rosalie Allen ; Black River Riders Female vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E0VB-3836 10-in. 3/2/1950 I wanna sit Rosalie Allen ; Black River Riders Female vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E0VB-3841 10-in. 3/3/1950 Rubber knuckle Sam Panhandle Punchers ; Texas Jim Robertson Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E0VB-3913 10-in. 3/17/1950 Tell her you love her Rosalie Allen ; Elton Britt ; Skytoppers Female-male vocal duet, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E0VB-3914 10-in. 3/17/1950 Written guarantee Rosalie Allen ; Elton Britt ; Skytoppers Female-male vocal duet, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E0VB-4220 10-in. 4/19/1950 One kind word Panhandle Punchers ; Texas Jim Robertson Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E0VB-4221 10-in. 4/19/1950 Yesterday's kisses (are tear-drops today) Panhandle Punchers ; Texas Jim Robertson Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E0VB-4222 10-in. 4/19/1950 Don't you angel me (you little devil) Panhandle Punchers ; Texas Jim Robertson Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E0VB-4228 10-in. 4/21/1950 Take it easy blues Montana Slim Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E0VB-4229 10-in. 4/21/1950 My heart's closed for repairs Montana Slim Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E0VB-4608 10-in. 5/15/1950 I've got five dollars and it's Saturday night '49ers (Jesse Rogers) ; Jesse Rogers Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E0VB-4609 10-in. 5/15/1950 Great big needle '49ers (Jesse Rogers) ; Jesse Rogers Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E0VB-4610 10-in. 5/15/1950 I can fool the world (but cannot fool my heart) '49ers (Jesse Rogers) ; Jesse Rogers Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E0VB-4791 10-in. 6/13/1950 Slippin' around with Jole Blon '49ers (Jesse Rogers) ; Jesse Rogers Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E0VB-4792 10-in. 6/13/1950 Finders keepers, losers weepers '49ers (Jesse Rogers) ; Jesse Rogers Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E0VB-5252 10-in. 8/15/1950 I'll find you Elton Britt ; Skytoppers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E0VB-5253 10-in. 8/15/1950 (Remember me) I'm the one who loves you Elton Britt ; Skytoppers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E0VB-5278 10-in. 8/15/1950 The red we want is the red we've got (in the old red white and blue) Elton Britt ; Skytoppers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor E0VB-5684 10-in. 9/27/1950 Tomorrow you'll be married Rosalie Allen ; Elton Britt ; Skytoppers Male-female vocal duet, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor E0VB-5685 10-in. 9/27/1950 A little bit blue Rosalie Allen ; Elton Britt ; Skytoppers Male-female vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor E0VB-5686 10-in. 9/27/1950 You missed your chance last night (my darling) Rosalie Allen ; Elton Britt ; Skytoppers Male-female vocal duet, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar, composer  
Victor E0VB-5687 10-in. 9/27/1950 Mockin' bird hill Rosalie Allen ; Elton Britt ; Skytoppers Male-female vocal duet, with string band instrumentalist, electric guitar  
Victor D9VB-1360 10-in. 4/22/1949 Yodel boogie Rosalie Allen ; Black River Riders Female vocal solo, with string band and yodeling instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 1-25 of 43 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mure, Billy," accessed October 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/333014.

Mure, Billy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/333014.

"Mure, Billy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 October 2021.

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