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 26-43 of 43 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor D9VB-1361 10-in. 4/22/1949 Square dance polka Rosalie Allen ; Black River Riders Female vocal solo, with string band, piano and accordion instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor D9VB-1362 10-in. 4/22/1949 Mama, what'll I do? Rosalie Allen ; Black River Riders Female vocal solo, with string band, piano and accordion instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor D9VB-1373 10-in. 4/26/1949 Swiss lullaby Rosalie Allen ; Elton Britt ; Skytoppers Female-male vocal duet, with string band and yodeling instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor D9VB-1374 10-in. 4/26/1949 Tennessee yodel polka Rosalie Allen ; Elton Britt ; Skytoppers Female-male vocal duet, with string band and yodeling instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor D9VB-1375 10-in. 4/26/1949 Driftwood on the river Elton Britt ; Skytoppers Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor D9VB-1377 10-in. 4/26/1949 Two hearts are better than one Elton Britt ; Skytoppers Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor D9VB-2447 10-in. 10/26/1949 Then I'll grow tired of you Elton Britt ; Skytoppers Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor D9AB-2580 10-in. 11/23/1949 Plain old lovin' '49ers (Jesse Rogers) ; Jesse Rogers Male vocal solo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor D9VB-2785 10-in. 12/16/1949 Quicksilver Rosalie Allen ; Elton Britt ; Skytoppers Female-male vocal duo, with string band instrumentalist, guitar  
Victor D9VB-2786 10-in. 12/16/1949 The yodel blues Rosalie Allen ; Elton Britt ; Skytoppers Female-male vocal duet, with string band and yodeling instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86741 9/2/1954 When my dreamboat comes home Muggsy Spanier and his Jazz Band instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86742 9/2/1954 Careless love, part 1 Muggsy Spanier and his Jazz Band instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86743 9/2/1954 Careless love, part 2 Muggsy Spanier and his Jazz Band instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86744 9/2/1954 Careless love, part 3 Muggsy Spanier and his Jazz Band instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86747 9/3/1954 Judy Muggsy Spanier and his Jazz Band instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86748 9/3/1954 Oh, Doctor Ochsner Muggsy Spanier and his Jazz Band instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86749 9/3/1954 Washington and Lee swing Muggsy Spanier and his Jazz Band instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca 86750 9/3/1954 My wild Irish Rose Muggsy Spanier and his Jazz Band instrumentalist, guitar  
(Results 26-43 of 43 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Mure, Billy," accessed October 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/333014.

Mure, Billy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/333014.

"Mure, Billy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 October 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/333014

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