Released for the first time, a 1970s-recorded country outing with Billie Davis, “Rosie’s Cantina” measures this legendary British performer’s love for the singer/songwriters of the US, and particularly those with a ‘country feel’.
In a career dating back to live ’60s TV performances as a hit-making style icon, Billie has often performed songs by James Taylor and Neil Young and long-admired the story telling style of these lyricists.
She duly took inspiration from them here, co-writing along with producer and composer Pierre Tubbs some truly memorable country songs for “Rosie’s Cantina”, the title track inspired by a specific memory…
“Specifically, I was in a little café on the River Thames. A most beautiful spot in Egham Surrey, where I grew up and spent my early teenage years. Hanging out in that little café, playing my favourites on the jukebox, this is where I first heard ‘Heartbreak Hotel’…which blew me away.”
Billie was lucky enough to work with a range of great musicians recording this album – every one leaving his stamp on each track.
“I Just Wanna Go Home” features Alan Lovell (Swinging Blue Jeans), “Back Seat Of Your Car” has Terry Taylor and the fabulous Albert Lee plays on “Love Is”. Also featured on the album is the Everly Brothers Band: already booked into the studio when the Brothers themselves could no longer attend the session, Billie jumped on the chance to secure their talents for this wonderful release.
- If You Love Me Let Me Know
- Your Best Ain’t Good Enough
- Ace of Spades
- Born to Be a Lady
- I Just Want to Go Home
- If God Was a Woman
- Love Is
- Love Bites
- On the Back Seat of Your Car
- Too Much to Let You Go
- You’re out of My Life
- Rosie’s Cantina
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Billie Davis’s career set off when she a 16-year-old performing at a local talent contest; that led her to record experimental works with legendary producer Joe Meek and subsequently meet Robert Stigwood, who launched her as a female pop and fashion icon of the 1960’s.
Billie recorded with top session musicians of the era whilst signed to Decca, including the young Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. Her hits such as ‘Tell Him’, ‘Angel of The Morning’ and ‘I Want You to Be My Baby’ led her to tour and appear on line-ups with artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Dusty Springfield.
Her music also took her to Spain and South America, whose culture she embraced. Recording some tracks in Spanish, she went on to spend several years touring and making TV appearances in Spanish speaking regions, where her haunting version of ‘Nights in White Satin’ was to become a hit.
Billie has continued to tour as a headlining artist on 60’s retrospective tours with artists including The Searchers, Marty Wilde, The Tornados, John Leyton and Gerry and the Pacemakers. She also reunited musically with Jet Harris, whom she was engaged to in the 60s. prompting the Me and My Shadows tour, featuring Billie, Jet Harris and The Rapiers as well as a documentary film about Jet, made shortly before his unfortunate death.
She has written and recorded with other guitar legends such as Albert Lee, with her more country style record, Stormy. More recently with Iain Terry, of Matchbox, on new Rock N Roll material, including the track Elvis Where are you?