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Subject: Singer & Concert Promoter Billy Fields dies at 86

Also managed Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Neil Diamond & Whitney Houston
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Date Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 10:09:16am


July 2, 1930 - April 4, 2017 Billy Fields was born in New York City on July 2, 1930. He was successful as a singer at an early age winning Chance of a Lifetime an impressive four times. He served in the United States Marines as a drill sergeant during the Korean War and formed the first entertainment division for the Marines. Once home, Billy resumed his career headlining all around New York City including at the famed Latin Quarter. He then beat out Steve Lawrence to replace Eddie Fisher at Grossingers in the Catskill Mountains. He recorded multiple records for MGM. Billy transitioned into promotion, producing the Rolling Stones' first concert in the USA at Carnegie Hall. He then assisted Sid Bernstein with producing the Beatles on their historic first trip to the U.S. at Shea Stadium. Fields moved on to managing singers, touring with Elvis as Colonel Parker's assistant and went on to manage Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, among others. At The Bitter End he nurtured the talents of Joan Rivers, Dick Cavett, and Woody Allen, to name a few. He is survived by his wife Madelyn, son Bill Cook, grandson Sam, nephew Steven, niece Conni and many lifelong friends.

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