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Billy Barnes

(January 27, 1927 – September 25, 2012)

Billy Barnes was well known for his satirical revues and for "special material" for television, such as on
"Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" and the Oscar Awards. A number of actors got their starts
performing in his Off-Broadway revues, such as Ken Berry, Bert Convy and Jo Anne Worley.
He is survived by his partner of nearly 30 years, Richard T. Jordan.


Below, Richard T Jordan & Billy Barnes celebrated their wedding, in 2010

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Above, 1976 LP "Live at Studio One"
Click to Download the LP (45 min)

Below, one of Billy's most famous songs,
As done by Barbra Streisand, in "Color Me Barbra"

Below, Barnes' song "Something Cool" was an early success, 1954, for June Christy

Other Billy Barnes Recordings



Billy Barnes contributed the opening track to this wonderful
compilation of gay musical gems, "The Gay Nineties"

Click to Hear It