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Billy “The Kid” Emerson

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Slashing blues, infectious R&B, formulaic rock and roll & move, moving gospel — keyboardist Billy “A CHILD” Emerson played those interrelated designs throughout a lengthy profession that started in Florida and later on transported him as much as Memphis and Chicago. Emerson got already discovered his method around a piano when he moved into the Navy in 1943. Following the battle, he began experimenting Tarpon Springs, going to Florida A&M through the past due ’40s and early ’50s. He found his nickname while playing a joint in St. Petersburg; the golf club owner outfitted the music group up in cowboy duds that begged assessment with a particular murderous outlaw. A 1952-53 stint in the Atmosphere Force discovered Emerson stationed in Greenville, MS. That is where he fulfilled youthful bandleader Ike Turner, who whipped Emerson into form as an entertainer while he sang with Turner’s Kings of Tempo. Turner also got Emerson through the entranceway at Sunlight Information in 1954, playing acoustic guitar for the Kid’s debut waxing “No Teasing Around.” Emerson’s songwriting abilities made him a very important commodity around Sunlight — but even more as a supply for various other performers’ material down the road. His bluesy 1955 outing “When It Rains It Pours” elicited a cover from Elvis a couple of years afterwards at RCA, while Emerson’s “Crimson Sizzling hot” (a takeoff on a vintage cheerleader’s chant from Emerson’s college days) became a savage rockabilly anthem revived by Billy Lee Riley for Sunlight and Bob Luman on Imperial. After his “Small Great Healthy Thing” didn’t sell, Emerson exited Sunlight to indication with Chicago’s Vee-Jay Information in past due 1955. Despite first-rate offerings like the jumping “Every Girl I UNDERSTAND (Crazy ‘Bout Cars)” and a complicated “Don’t Begin Me to Laying,” national identification eluded Emerson at Vee-Jay as well. It was to Chess in 1958, documenting “Holy Mackerel Baby” as well as the uncommon novelty “Woodchuck” (a remake of a youthful Sunlight one) during his 12 months there. 45s for Mad, USA, M-Pac! (where he waxed the dance workout “The Whip”), and Constellation preceded the forming of Emerson’s own logo design, Tarpon, in 1966. Furthermore to Emerson’s very own stuff, Tarpon released Denise LaSalle’s debut one. A prolific article writer, Emerson penned music for Junior Wells, Willie Mabon, Wynonie Harris, and Pal Guy through the early ’60s, frequently together with Willie Dixon. When documenting possibilities slowed, Emerson performed jazzy R&B in lounges and supper night clubs (guitarist Lacy Gibson was an associate of his trio for some time). Emerson had taken Europe by shock with a powerful segment over the American Blues Legends 1979 tour. Recently, he’s rumored to get reverted to playing gospel in his indigenous condition of Florida. A large 33-monitor collection, Red Sizzling hot: SUNLIGHT Years, devoted to Emerson’s Sunlight years, but additionally including monitors from his stay on the Vee Jay and Chess brands, premiered by Bear Family members Records in ’09 2009.

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Full Name Billy "The Kid" Emerson
Nationality American


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#Fact
1 He was cremated and his ashes scattered in the rose garden of the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
2 13-year-old adopted son, Barry, committed suicide after being scolded by his grandmother for letting his pet parrot escape from its cage.
3 Known as a comedian, he also played a number of dramatic roles.
4 Hal Roach brought him to Hollywood to act, direct and write.
5 Briefly performed as a female impersonator.
6 Was a middleweight prizefighter.
7 In his youth he quit school to join a successful children's singing troupe.
8 His father was a tenor, his mother a dancer for the Metropolitan Opera Company.
9 Was born in a dressing room at the Hopkins Opera House in Louisville, Kentucky.
10 Had worked on Broadway as an actor, playwright, director and producer.
11 Versatile actor who performed on the legitimate stage, vaudeville, movies, radio, television and burlesque.
12 Worked often as a character actor in comedy shorts with comics like The Three Stooges, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, as did his contemporary, James C. Morton.
13 Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 178-179. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mickey and the Beanstalk 1947 Short Willie the Giant (voice, uncredited)
Anchors Aweigh 1945 Cafe Manager
Trouble Chasers 1945 Billy
Crazy Knights 1944 Billy
Three Is a Family 1944 uncredited
Ever Since Venus 1944 Tiny Lewis
Wedded Bliss 1944 Short
Three of a Kind 1944 Billy
Crazy Like a Fox 1944 Short Cabbie
Crazy House 1943 Sid Drake
Always a Bridesmaid 1943 Nicholas 'Nick' Neopolitan
Spotlight Scandals 1943 Billy Gilbert
Shot in the Escape 1943 Short Alexsos
Shantytown 1943 'Papa' Ferrelli
Arabian Nights 1942 Ahmad
Sleepytime Gal 1942 Chef Popodopolis
Mr. Wise Guy 1942 Knobby
Valley of the Sun 1942 Homer Burnaby - Justice of the Peace
Song of the Islands 1942 Palola's Father
Week-End in Havana 1941 Arbolado
New Wine 1941 Poldi
Angels with Broken Wings 1941 Billy Wilson
One Night in Lisbon 1941 Popopopoulos
Reaching for the Sun 1941 Amos
Model Wife 1941 Dominic
No, No, Nanette 1940 Styles
A Night at Earl Carroll's 1940 Machinist's Mate
Tin Pan Alley 1940 Sheik
Seven Sinners 1940 Tony
The Great Dictator 1940 Herring
A Little Bit of Heaven 1940 Tony
The Villain Still Pursued Her 1940 Master of Ceremonies
Sing, Dance, Plenty Hot 1940 Hector
Lucky Partners 1940 Charles (uncredited)
Scatterbrain 1940 Hoffman
Cross-Country Romance 1940 Orestes
Queen of the Mob 1940 Mr. Reier
Safari 1940 Mondehare
Women in War 1940 Pierre, the Cobbler
Sandy Is a Lady 1940 Billy Pepino
His Girl Friday 1940 Joe Pettibone
Chicken Feed 1939 Short Professor
Destry Rides Again 1939 Loupgerou
Rio 1939 Manuelo
The Under-Pup 1939 Tolio
The Star Maker 1939 Steel Worker
Million Dollar Legs 1939 Dick Schultz (uncredited)
Forged Passport 1939 Nick Mendoza
The Girl Downstairs 1938 Garage Proprietor
Once Over Lightly 1938 Short Professor Dimitrius Kapouris
Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus 1938 Bud Boggs
Mr. Doodle Kicks Off 1938 Professor Minorous
Breaking the Ice 1938 Mr. Small
My Lucky Star 1938 Nick
Block-Heads 1938 Mr. Gilbert
Army Girl 1938 Cantina Pete
Joy of Living 1938 Cafe Owner
Maid's Night Out 1938 Mr. Papalapoulas
Happy Landing 1938 Counter Man
She's Got Everything 1937 Chaffee - a Creditor
Rosalie 1937 Oloff
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 Sneezy (voice, uncredited)
Fight for Your Lady 1937 Boris
Music for Madame 1937 Krause
One Hundred Men and a Girl 1937 Garage Owner
The Life of the Party 1937 Dr. Molnac
The Firefly 1937 Innkeeper
Broadway Melody of 1938 1937 George Papaloopas
The Toast of New York 1937 Photographer
Swing Fever 1937 Short Dr. Van Loon
Captains Courageous 1937 Soda Steward (uncredited)
The Outcasts of Poker Flat 1937 Charley - the Bartender
The Man Who Found Himself 1937 Fat Hobo
Maytime 1937 Drunk (uncredited)
China Passage 1937 Bartender
Espionage 1937 Turk (as William Gilbert)
Sea Devils 1937 Billy (policeman)
When You're in Love 1937 Jose the Bartender (uncredited)
We're on the Jury 1937 Mr. Ephraim Allen
On the Avenue 1937 Joe Papaloupas
Two Lame Ducks 1936 Short Billy
Grandma's Buoys 1936 Short Von Muller
Night Waitress 1936 Torre - Cafe Owner
Love on the Run 1936 Cafe Manager (uncredited)
No Place Like Rome 1936 Short Marcus (uncredited)
The Big Game 1936 Fisher (uncredited)
Bulldog Edition 1936 George Poppupoppalas (uncredited)
Violets in Spring 1936 Short Professor Emmanuel Frederick Gottfried Maximillian Wiesenfader (uncredited)
So and Sew 1936 Short Rudolpho
Who's Looney Now 1936 Short Dr. Von Blatt
Pepper 1936 Man Eating Sandwich (uncredited)
My American Wife 1936 French Chef (uncredited)
Grand Jury 1936 Otto, Janitor (uncredited)
The Bride Walks Out 1936 Mr. Donovan
The Devil-Doll 1936 Matin's Butler (uncredited)
Kelly the Second 1936 Fur trader (role deleted) (uncredited)
Poor Little Rich Girl 1936 Waiter (uncredited)
Parole! 1936 Salvatore Arriolo (uncredited)
Early to Bed 1936 Burger
Three of a Kind 1936 The Tailor
One Rainy Afternoon 1936 Courtroom Doorman (uncredited)
The First Baby 1936 Italian in Park (uncredited)
Love on a Bet 1936 New York Policeman (uncredited)
Sutter's Gold 1936 Gen. Ramos (uncredited)
Dangerous Waters 1936 Carlos (uncredited)
The Brain Busters 1936 Short Billy
Millions in the Air 1935 Nikolas Popadopolis
I Dream Too Much 1935 Cook at Cafe (uncredited)
Coronado 1935 Waiter (uncredited)
A Night at the Opera 1935 Orchestra Member Asking Fiorello Not to Play Piano (uncredited)
Hi, Gaucho! 1935 Cappa Rosa - Del Campo's Foreman (uncredited)
Nurse to You! 1935 Short Dr. W.J. Gilbert
Just Another Murder 1935 Short Mr. Quick
Here Comes the Band 1935 Oswald Carroll (uncredited)
Pardon My Scotch 1935 Short Sr. Luis Balero Cantino (uncredited)
Curly Top 1935 The Cook (uncredited)
Mad Love 1935 Autograph Seeker on Train (uncredited)
Escapade 1935 Singer (uncredited)
Paris in Spring 1935 First Chef (uncredited)
Hail, Brother 1935 Short
His Bridal Sweet 1935 Short Lesh the Lush
His Old Flame 1935 Short
Evelyn Prentice 1934 Barney - Cafe Owner (uncredited)
Nifty Nurses 1934 Short Dr. Hofbrau
Washee Ironee 1934 Short Sneeze dub (voice)
Men in Black 1934 Short Dangerous Patient (uncredited)
Super Stupid 1934 Short
Happy Landing 1934 Husband (uncredited)
Peck's Bad Boy 1934 uncredited
Tripping Through the Tropics 1934 Short Fritz, Jack's Dad
Them Thar Hills 1934 Short The Doctor (uncredited)
Cockeyed Cavaliers 1934 Innkeeper (uncredited)
Another Wild Idea 1934 Short Uncle Percy (voice, uncredited)
Get Along Little Hubby 1934 Short Professor DeSoto - Pianist (uncredited)
Music in Your Hair 1934 Short Meyer Schmaltz
Movie Daze 1934 Short Mr. Schmaltz
Maid in Hollywood 1934 Short Sneezing Man
Roamin' Vandals 1934 Short Doc Gilbert
Mrs. Barnacle Bill 1934 Short
Apples to You! 1934 Short Pinsky
Soup and Fish 1934 Short Count Gustav
The Caretaker's Daughter 1934 Short
Next Week-End 1934 Short
The Cracked Ice Man 1934 Short Prof. Wm. Gilbert, Dean of School
Sons of the Desert 1933 Mr. Ruttledge (voice, uncredited)
Luncheon at Twelve 1933 Short Mr. Schmaltz, Betty's Father
Keg o' My Heart 1933 Short Schmaltz
Rhapsody in Brew 1933 Short Louie Schmaltz
This Day and Age 1933 Manager of Nightclub (uncredited)
The Big Fibber 1933 Short Spike
The Rummy 1933 Short Schmaltz
One Track Minds 1933 Short Train Conductor
The Girl in 419 1933 Sneezing Patient (uncredited)
Made on Broadway 1933 Commissioner Jerry Allesandro (uncredited)
Call Her Sausage 1933 Short Heinie Schmaltz
The Bargain of the Century 1933 Short Captain Schmaltz
Taxi Barons 1933 Short Billy / Dutchie
Forgotten Babies 1933 Short Radio station NIX announcer / Dr. Nemo, serial character
Maids a la Mode 1933 Short Von Smaltz
Wreckety Wrecks 1933 Short Bill
Fallen Arches 1933 Short Mr. Gilbert
Asleep in the Feet 1933 Short Mr. Gilbert, Dance Hall Proprietor
Bring 'Em Back a Wife 1933 Short Billy Gilbert
Towed in a Hole 1932 Short Joe - Junkyard Owner
Sneak Easily 1932 Short Attorney for the Prosecution
Taxi for Two 1932 Short Billy Gilbert
Their First Mistake 1932 Short Process Server
Yoo-Hoo 1932 Short I.M. Sweet, truck driver (uncredited)
Hot Spot 1932 Short Cabbie
Pack Up Your Troubles 1932 Mr. Hathaway
Strange Innertube 1932 Short Billy
Young Ironsides 1932 Short Effeminate Train Passenger (uncredited)
Blondie of the Follies 1932 Kinskey's Friend (uncredited)
What Price Taxi 1932 Short Jealous Husband
The Hollywood Handicap 1932 Short Character
Skyscraper Souls 1932 Second Ticket Agent (uncredited)
Million Dollar Legs 1932 Secretary of the Interior (uncredited)
County Hospital 1932 Short The Doctor
First in War 1932 Short Commanding General
The Chimp 1932 Short Joe the Landlord (uncredited)
Strictly Unreliable 1932 Short The Actor
Just a Pain in the Parlor 1932 Short
In Walked Charley 1932 Short The Doctor (uncredited)
The Music Box 1932 Short Professor von Schwarzenhoffen (uncredited)
You're Telling Me 1932 Short Bill Morgan, Eddie's Father
Spanky 1932 Short Spanky's father
Red Noses 1932 Short Tailor's Customer
The Nickel Nurser 1932 Short Todd's Butler
Free Eats 1932 Short Head of the family of thieves
Never the Twins Shall Meet 1932 Short Mr. Clark
Sealskins 1932 Short Mr. Morton (uncredited)
The Tabasco Kid 1932 Short Mr. Jones, a Rancher
On the Loose 1931 Short Pierre, the Dressmaker (as William Gilbert)
Hasty Marriage 1931 Short Distraught Passenger On Streetcar (uncredited)
Dogs Is Dogs 1931 Short Mr. Brown (uncredited)
A Melon-Drama 1931 Short Fruit Cart Vendor
One Good Turn 1931 Short Drunk (uncredited)
Use Your Noodle 1931 Short Chinese restuarantuer (uncredited)
Chinatown After Dark 1931 Dooley
Fast and Furious 1931 Short
Shiver My Timbers 1931 Short The Sea Captain
The Pajama Party 1931 Short Butler (uncredited)
Catch-As Catch-Can 1931 Short Ring Announcer (uncredited)
The Panic Is On 1931 Short Smith - Investment Broker aka The Spot (uncredited)
First Aid 1931 Jenkins
The Happy Hottentots 1930 Short Stage Manager (uncredited)
Sea Legs 1930 Naval Officer (uncredited)
The Doctor's Wife 1930 Short
Railroad Follies 1930 Short
The Woman from Hell 1929 Undetermined Secondary Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
Five Weeks in a Balloon 1962 Sultan / Auctioneer
Paradise Alley 1962 Julius Wilson
The Red Skelton Hour 1956-1961 TV Series Dr. Schuman / Mayor Edgar C. Mathews / Uncle Hopper / ...
Make Room for Daddy 1956-1961 TV Series Mr. Mason (Joey Mason's Father) / Mr. Hofsteader
The Roaring 20's 1961 TV Series Gus Weber
Shirley Temple's Storybook 1958-1960 TV Series Gypsy Father / Able Baker
El coyote 1957 TV Movie Manuel
Producers' Showcase 1956 TV Series Giant / Mr. Poopledoop
Andy's Gang 1955 TV Series The Teacher (voice)
The Butcher, the Baker, the Ice Cream Maker 1955 Short Baker / Merchant (voice, uncredited)
My Little Margie 1954 TV Series
Down Among the Sheltering Palms 1953 King Jilouili
Musical Comedy Time 1950-1951 TV Series Don Emilio / Col. Kasimer Popoff
Bride of Vengeance 1949 Beppo (uncredited)
The Kissing Bandit 1948 General Felipe Toro
Billie Gets Her Man 1948 Short Suitor
Fun & Fancy Free 1947 Willie the Giant (voice)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Parks and Recreation 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song 1992 Video documentary performer: "Heigh-Ho"
Producers' Showcase 1956 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Musical Comedy Time 1951 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Fun & Fancy Free 1947 performer: "Fee Fi Fo Fum" 1947 - uncredited
Spotlight Scandals 1943 performer: "When You and I Were Young, Maggie" uncredited, "I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls" uncredited, "Twilight on the Trail", "Auld Lang Syne" uncredited
Tin Pan Alley 1940 performer: "The Sheik of Araby" 1921 - uncredited
Rio 1939 performer: "Si, Si, Si" - uncredited
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 performer: "Heigh-Ho" 1937, "Bluddle-uddle-um-dum Dwarfs' Washing and Yodel Song" 1937, "The Silly Song" 1937 - uncredited
Framing Youth 1937 Short lyrics: "Here Comes the Ice Cream Man" - uncredited
Broadway Melody of 1938 1937 performer: "Largo al factotum" 1816 - uncredited
We're on the Jury 1937 "Old Folks at Home Swanee River" 1851
Here Comes the Band 1935 performer: "Lyonel's aria M'appari, tutt'amor" 1847 - uncredited
Curly Top 1935 "When I Grow Up" 1935, uncredited
Shrimps for a Day 1934 Short lyrics: "Here Comes the Ice Cream Man" - uncredited
Another Wild Idea 1934 Short lyrics: "Lunatic's Love Song" - uncredited
I'll Take Vanilla 1934 Short lyrics: "Here Comes the Ice Cream Man" - uncredited
The Cracked Ice Man 1934 Short writer: "One Times One" - uncredited

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Keg o' My Heart 1933 Short
Rhapsody in Brew 1933 Short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Once Over Lightly 1938 Short screenplay
Super Stupid 1934 Short

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Johnny Carson Presents the Sun City Scandals '70 1970 TV Movie Himself
Here's Hollywood 1962 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Himself - Comic Actor
The Garry Moore Show 1959-1961 TV Series Himself
About Faces 1960 TV Series Himself
Tonight! 1956 TV Series Himself
The Red Skelton Hour 1956 TV Series Himself
Texaco Star Theatre 1949-1952 TV Series Himself - Comic Actor
The Faye Emerson Show 1950 TV Series Himself
College of Musical Knowledge 1950 TV Series Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 21, No. 4 1941 Short Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 21, No. 1 1941 Short Himself
Meet the Stars #7: Meet Roy Rogers 1941 Documentary short Himself
Hollywood Goes to Town 1938 Short documentary Himself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Laurel and Hardy Show 1986 TV Series Drunk / Professor von Schwarzenhoffen / Joe / ...
Our Gang: Inside the Clubhouse 1984 TV Movie documentary Leader of Family of Theives (uncredited)
Dance of the Cookoos 1982 Doctor / Prof. von Schwarzenhoffen
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982 TV Movie documentary Actor - 'County Hospital' (uncredited)
Red Skelton: A Comedy Scrapbook 1981 Video documentary Mayor Mathews
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart 1980 TV Special documentary Actor 'Destry Rides Again' (uncredited)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1963-1977 TV Series Willie the Giant Sneezy
Bob Hope's World of Comedy 1976 TV Movie Tribute Montage
The Best of Laurel and Hardy 1968 First Drunk / Doctor
The Sound of Laughter 1963 Documentary Billy (Large Duck Hunter)
Columbia Laff Hour 1956 Billy Gilbert
Screen Snapshots: Memories of Famous Hollywood Comedians 1952 Documentary short
Wing and a Prayer 1944 Sheik (edited from: Tin Pan Alley) (uncredited)
Take It or Leave It 1944 Himself: Clip from 'Tin Pan Alley' (uncredited)
Hey Moe, Hey Dad! 2015 TV Series documentary Various characters
That Fellow in the Coat 2008 TV Series Sneezy
Hitler: The Comedy Years 2007 TV Movie documentary Field Marshal Herring (uncredited)
Disney's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs': Still the Fairest of Them All 2001 Video documentary short Sneezy (uncredited)
Red Skelton: Bloopers, Blunders and Ad-Libs 1994 Video Mayor
Honey I Blew Up the Kid 1992 Willie The Giant (uncredited)
The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song 1992 Video documentary Sneezy
A Tribute to the Boys: Laurel & Hardy 1992 TV Special documentary Doctor (uncredited)
Celebrating Walt Disney's 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs': The One That Started It All 1990 TV Movie documentary Sneezy (uncredited)
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Heigh-Ho 1987 Video short Sneezy

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6263 Hollywood Blvd.


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1 His exaggerated sneeze

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