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Singer Billy Joe Royal dies at 73

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Billy Joe Royal has passed away at age 73. (Source: BillyJoeRoyal.com) Billy Joe Royal has passed away at age 73. (Source: BillyJoeRoyal.com)
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Billy Joe Royal, a 1960s pop and 1990s country star, has died. He was 73.

Ronnie McDowell, Royal’s tour partner, said the singer died in his sleep on Tuesday at his North Carolina home.

Royal lived in Nashville for over 20 years after hitting the music scene in the 1960s in Georgia.

His hits included “Down in the Boondocks,” a top 10 hit in 1965, “Hush,” “Cherry Hill Park,” “Burn Like a Rocket,” and “I Knew You When.”

He was a favorite on the oldies circuit and was about to go back on tour in November with McDowell.

Funeral arrangements are pending. 

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