- The American country singer Billy Joe Royal is Tuesday at age 73 -year-old deceased in his sleep. This made his manager Brent Taylor Wednesday.
Royal scored in the 1965 hit "Down in the Boondocks". He was also known for songs like "I Knew You When" and "Cherry Hill Park.
The country and pop singer the last 50 years almost constantly on tour. According to his manager became Royal on September 24 for the last time in the Gwinnett County Fair in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Royal held in December still shows planned in Mississippi and Louisiana. For 2016 there was a tour of Europe and Australia in the program.