Billy Hector

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Billy Hector
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Billy Hector and Suzan Lastovica performing together at Big Danny's wake at Red Fusion, in Asbury Park, New Jersey, February 2007
Background information
Born1956 (age 6465)
Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Blues, rock, folk rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
LabelsGhetto Surf Music
Associated actsBilly Hector Band, Fairlanes, The Shots

Billy Hector (born 1956) is an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter from Orange, New Jersey. [1]



Hector considers himself a working man's musician.[ citation needed ] He was initially lured into the music world after seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. He says this changed his world. [2] He soon found himself drawn to the blues. He started taking guitar lessons at age 9, and later studied jazz guitar and music history at William Patterson University. [2]

Hector started playing regularly in a blues band in 1985. [2] He has been producing albums for over 20 years while performing primarily in small clubs. [3]

Hector's guitar style is a combination of Jersey Shore blues and rock n roll. [4]

As of 2013, his band consisted of Hector on guitar and vocals, Timmy Tindall on bass, and Dan Hickey on drums. [2]

Hector received the Best Guitarist Award from music critic Bob Makin of The Aquarian Weekly 's East Coast Rocker section twice. [5] He is also the recipient of three Asbury Park Music Awards: "Best Guitarist", "Best Blues Band" and the "Living Legend." [5] Hector and his band were billed alongside Bonnie Raitt at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "Tribute to Muddy Waters". [5]

Hector has played with B. B. King, [1] Bo Diddley, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, [4] but is most at home in small clubs. [1] He was the touring guitarist for Hubert Sumlin and Joe Louis Walker.[ citation needed ]

He appeared in the movie Hellhound on My Trail backing Sonny Landreth, and in One Way Out.[ citation needed ]


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