Billy Joe RoyalWe remember him for songs like “Down in the Boondocks,” a top 10 hit in 1965, “Hush,” “Cherry Hill Park,” “Burn Like a Rocket,” and “I Knew You When.”  They were among the many hits for Valdosta, Ga., native, Billy Joe Royal. The 73-year-old singer died in his sleep at his North Carolina home on Tuesday night, Ronnie McDowell, who was touring with Billy Joe, said.

Billy Joe had lived in Nashville for more than 20 years, making his move there from Georgia after making his mark on the music scene back in the 1960s.

He was definitely one of my favorites, and a favorite among a lot of the older crowd, who has been following him, and tour-mate Ronnie McDowell for a lot of years.  Billy Joe had been scheduled to go out on tour with Ronnie in November.

News reports tell us funeral arrangements are pending.

Country’s Chatter sends our thoughts and prayers to the family of Billy Joe Royal.

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We remember him for songs like “Down in the Boondocks,” a top 10 hit in 1965, “Hush,” “Cherry Hill Park,” “Burn Like a Rocket,” and “I Knew You When.”  They were among the many hits for Valdosta, Ga., native, Billy Joe Royal. The 73-year-old singer died in his sleep...