is the study and listing of sound
. This portmanteau
word stems from:
- the gramophone
record, often called a "disc", the
dominant commercial medium of sound recording for most
of the 20th
- the -graph suffix
signifying something written (see also autobiography,
and so on).
A listing of all recordings which a musician
features on can be called their "discography" .
Additionally, discographies may be compiled based on a
The term "discography" was popularized in the 1930s
by collectors of jazz
records. Jazz fans did research and self published
discographies about when jazz records were made and what
musicians were on the records, as record companies did not
commonly include that information on/with the records at
From the age of 5 under the watchful eye of
Homer McDonald, Billie's father he learned to play the
guitar. By the age of 15 he played a refurbished
guitar his father gave him on the streets of Salina,
Kansas. Also in his youth his parents sent him
the learn to play the accordion. He also learned to play the
bugle and did for a time in the Drum and Bugle Corps for the
Optimist Club there in Salina.
Billie's family moved to Oskaloosa, Kansas. He
continued playing music all about the town. He tutored
his brother Cleo in playing the guitar. They entered a
contest in Oskaloosa, Kansas called Old Settlers
Festival, at which they won the first prize. It was at
that time Billie was offered a job playing bass guitar in a
country western band in Arrington , Kansas on
weekends for $15 a week. He played with that band till
the club closed in 1963.
After the club in Arrington
closed Billie and Cleo decided to start their own band
named the Fabulous Cadavers with 2 other boys from Topeka,
Buddy Nunamaker on the drums and Rick Williams on the bass
bass. Billie played lead guitar and Cleo played rhythm
guitar. They played in a lot of the small towns there
in the Northeast part of Kansas around Oskaloosa. Cleo
and his older brother Ronald also have played
In 1965 Billie went to college
at Kansas State College where he played in the college
band. In 1966 Billie was drafted into the army but
turned around but opted instead to volunteer into the
Navy. While in training he played in a band at Navel
Air Station at Miramar, California. It was while there
he met a girl he had lived across the street from in Salina
as a boy. It wasn't long the he and Luana got married.
out of the service Billie worked and wrote music and kept to
himself for many years. In 1975 He and Luana
moved back to Kansas.
In the mid 80's
Billie wrote and copyrighted his first works, a collection
of 8 songs. You can hear them on the Listen
page. He worked a farm but in his spare time he
continued to write music and he also started a company
named Sights and Sounds Productions intending to represent
other musicians and talented people.
Also during this time Billie
started getting interested in the keyboard. He
recorded all his songs on video tape and 4 track
stereo. There where such works as "The
Code", "Free water", "Why did you throw
me away" and "A moment of time".
In 1999 Billie
bought his first digital equipment and started re-recording
his music digitally.