Billy Bayou

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"Billy Bayou" is a 1958 single by Jim Reeves written by Roger Miller.[1] Billy Bayou spent a total of twenty-five weeks on the country chart and was Jim Reeves' fourth release to reach number one, where it stayed for five weeks.[2] There is a song on the B-side of "Billy Bayou" titled "I'd Like to Be", which peaked at number eighteen on the country charts. The song has been covered by other artists, including Burl Ives and Doug Kershaw.


  1. ^ Stambler, Irwin; Grelun Landon (14 July 2000), Country Music: The Encyclopedia, St. Martin's Griffin, ASIN 0312264879, ISBN 978-0-312-26487-1 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 285. 
Preceded by
"City Lights" by Ray Price
Hot C&W Sides
number one single by Jim Reeves

January 19, 1959 - February 16, 1959
(five weeks)
Succeeded by
"Don't Take Your Guns to Town" by Johnny Cash