Hidden Gems: Florida Boys – “I Wanta Know”

As a tribute to the late Billy Todd, here’s a nice cut of this old spiritual that features Todd.  This particular song comes off of the Up Tempo album that featured Tommy Atwood, Les Beasley, Glen Allred, Todd, and Derrell Stewart.  The Florida Boys do this song a bit slower than most, but the slower tempo really showcases Todd’s incredible vocals.  This song allows Todd to show off his upper and lower registers, and he handles his solo lines effortlessly and flawlessly.  Billy Todd had great cut on his lower notes, but could also jump up to the higher notes with just as much ease.  If you have this album, pull it out and spin up this track, and enjoy the great bass singing of one of our most underrated singers ever.

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Billy Todd Passes Away

News broke yesterday that Billy Todd, longtime bass singer for the Florida Boys and most recently, the Dixie Echoes, passed away after a battle with Alzheimer’s.  Billy Todd was one of the most underrated bass singers that SG has ever had.  Todd sang with class and dignity, and had a tremendous bass voice that was deep, full, and rich.  We have truly lost another legend from our midst, but as always our loss is Heaven’s gain.  Condolences go to his family, it’s especially hard to lose someone during this time of year.  Funeral arrangements are posted on the  Sinigng News site.

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