History of Billy Wayne and his Dakota Country Band
Billy Wayne has been in the music business and started playing music as a professional
at the age of 15. The first paying gig that Billy Wayne had was working with LLoyd Wheeler fiddle player who worked with the
Bob Wills band. Billy Wayne played bass and steel and lead with LLoyd. On steel was Lucky Osborne who worked with Spade Coley
and many other bands in the 50's.
In the 50's and early 60's Billy Wayne's only job was school and playing music at
least five days a week. Billy Wayne joined the Marine Corps in 1963 and after returning in '67 Billy Wayne started his career
again. Playing music on the road with many bands.
In the late 50's Billy Wayne met his friend Roger Miller who moved to Amarillo from Oklahoma
and worked at the Fire Department and played music nights. Charlie Fach signed Roger to Mercury Records and his career
took off with a string of several hits in the 60's. Roger was a multi-talented artist who played several instruments besides
being a winning song writer. When Billy Wayne played with Roger he had no idea how far Roger would go in the music business.
In the late 60's Billy Wayne was working shows on the east coast when he met Eddie Rabbit.
Eddie played several music Jamboree shows where several bands would compete. When Billy Wayne met Eddie Rabbit , Billy realized
that Eddie had potential as a song writer and singer. Elvis recorded Kentucky Rain written by Eddie and the rest was history.
Ronnie Milsap played keys and did back/up vocals on that cut.
Billy Wayne over the last 48 years has played with some of the greats in the music
business. In the 70's Billy Wayne started Associated Artists Management and AAM Records in Nashville.
Assiciated Artists Management is a full service booking agency and management company
with recording studios under contract and also video production capabilities Go to the web http://associatedartistsmusic.tripod.com
Billy Wayne has opened an office in Florida and has recording studio's in Tampa and video
production studio there and the studio's under contract in Nashville. Associated Artists Management and AAM Records
do all business out of Nashville Tennesee.