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The HistoryMakers video oral history with Joe Billingslea, Jr [electronic resource].

Other Title:
History Makers video oral history with Joe Billingslea, Jr.
Joe Billingslea, Jr.
Publication:
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Format/Description:
Video
1 online resource (7 video files (3 hr., 8 min., 32 sec.)) : sound, color.
Subjects:
African Americans -- Interviews.
Billingslea, Joe -- Interviews.
Form/Genre:
Oral histories.
Internet videos.
System Details:
digital
video file
Summary:
Singer and performer Joe Billingslea was born on November 14, 1937 in Hamtramck, Michigan. In 1958, Billingslea founded a group called The Blenders, later called The Contours. The band was signed to Motown Records in 1960 and achieved success with their third single, 1962's "Do You Love Me." In 1964, Billingslea left the Contours to work at the Dodge Truck Plant in Warren, Michigan. From 1968 to 1989, he worked at the Wayne County Sheriff's Department, the Detroit House of Correction, and the Detroit Police Department. In 1971, Billingslea revived The Contours, and in 1988, the re-release of "Do You Love Me" on the soundtrack of Dirty Dancing soared on the charts. The group went on to record Flashback, The Very Best of the Contours, A New Direction, and Dance with The Contours. The Contours were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Walk of Fame and the Doo-Wop Hall of Fame.
Participant:
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Credits:
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Notes:
Recorded Detroit, Michigan 2014 June 22.
Contributor:
Billingslea, Joe, interviewee.
Crowe, Larry, interviewer.
Stearns, Scott, director of photography.
HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection), production company.
OCLC:
994208989
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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