Billy Vera Big Band
Sat · March 3, 2018
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pmUpstairs At Vitello's
Tickets from $25!
The full dinner menu is available for purchase as soon as doors open. Your ticket purchase is the only reservation you need. A minimum of two items ($20.00) is required per person. $10 ticket INCREASE on day of show. Valet parking available with validation for $5. There is metered street parking as well but be sure to read the signs. Parking is NOT permitted on Woodbridge St. after 9pm nightly.https://vitellosrestaurant.ticketfly.com/event/1633762/
with his band, Billy Vera & the Beaters, made famous on the
sitcom Family Ties, Billy Vera has had a long and varied career.
The first song he pitched to a publisher at age 20, “Mean Old
World,” became a hit for Ricky Nelson and kick-started a life as a
staff songwriter. Songs recorded by Fats Domino, Barbara Lewis,
the Crystals and the Shirelles paid the rent while Billy honed his
performing craft in the mob-owned clubs in Times Square.
For Atlantic Records, he hit the charts with the self-penned
“Storybook Children,” sung with gospel singer Judy Clay, cousin
of Dionne Warwick and Cissy Houston. The pair was an instant
sensation at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre. Vera’s first solo hit was
“With Pen In Hand,” after which the changing 60s culture shoved
him aside, as it did so many non-British entertainers.
The 1970s were a time of survival for our boy, but in 1979 Dolly
Parton topped the charts with Billy’s song, “I Really Got The
Feeling,” leading to a move to Los Angeles. There, he formed the
Beaters, soon becoming the hottest band in town and signed a
record deal that resulted in the hit “I Can Take Care Of Myself.”
The follow-up, “At This Moment,” stalled at #79 when the label
For the next five years, Vera eked out a living as an actor,
appearing in movies like Buckaroo Banzai and The Doors as well
as numerous TV shows. When “At This Moment” hit, everything
changed. Nine appearances with Johnny Carson on The Tonight
Show, and shots on American Bandstand made him a favorite of
Dick Clark, who booked him on all of his productions.
Moving into record production, Billy and his partner Michael
Cuscuna made three top five albums with Lou Rawls, reviving the
baritone’s career. Alone, Vera produced Lou’s final album, Rawls
Sings Sinatra, which lasted six months on the charts.
More recently, Billy has realized his dream of recording with a big
18-piece band on his album Big Band Jazz, a tribute to the great
black songwriters of the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
His catalog of songs has been covered by Rawls, Bonnie Raitt,
Robert Plant, Tom Jones, Etta James, Eric Burdon and Michael
Buble. He won a 2013 Grammy for best album notes for the Ray
Charles box set Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles and
has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the works are a
memoir and a documentary, both entitled Harlem To Hollywood.
Upstairs At Vitello's
4349 Tujunga Ave
Studio City, CA, 91604