Roy Hamilton – Singer

During his career, Roy spawned over 50 singles, eight of which crossed over to the pop charts. His bevy of hits included the aforementioned “Walk”, released in 1954, which went to number one on the R&B chart and was a pop hit, “Unchained Melody”, another number one R&B hit as well as a top ten pop hit the following year, and the up-tempo hits “Don’t Let Go” in 1958 and “You Can Have Her”, in 1961, both top ten hits. He also birthed a lot of minor hits, such as his version of “Ebb Tide”, “Hurt”, “If I Loved You”, “Forgive This Fool”, and “Without a Song”.

He rigorously toured and performed all over the world, his rich voice and prolific repertoire fitting in at the supper-clubs and cocktail lounges just as easily as on the Chitlin’ Circuit. His bona fide status as a Rock and Roll, star, however, got him a featured spot in the 1958 Columbia Pictures movie “Let’s Rock”.  Unfortunately, Roy’s star was tragically extinguished when he suffered a stroke in New Rochelle, New York. Despite surgery, he died soon after on July 20, 1969, leaving behind his wife Myrna, and two sons, Roy Hamilton Jr., and Ray Hamilton. However, Roy’s memory is left alive by the countless volumes of work he left in his stead, his influence on the countless artists he inspired and the ones who followed in their footsteps, and his family, who tirelessly work to ensure that the legend of The Golden Boy will never be forgotten. As of January 2009, Roy Hamilton was been Inducted into, “The Hit Parade Hall Of Fame,” “Reflections In Black Museum Hall Of Fame” and “The Georgia Music Hall Of Fame.” He has also been granted an Honorary Laureate Degree at Morris Brown University, Atlanta, GA.
Roy Hamilton Jr.'s Dad Roy GoldenBoy Hamilton and his, wife (Roy Jr's Mom) Myrna with Sam Cook.

Roy Hamilton Jr, Dad Roy GoldenBoy Hamilton and his, wife Myrna with Sam Cook.

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