William Jefferson Garland (June 17, 1918 – March 16, 1960) was an Americanbluesguitarist, singer, and songwriter. Garland was famous for his falsetto singing combined with gentle guitar playing style. Much of Garland's output was recorded from 1940–1950, including 1945's "Got Nothing on Me".
William "Billy" Garland (born August 5, 1949) to African American parents. He was a black activist belonging to the Black Panther Party, maintained a relationship with Afeni Shakur (also affiliated with the party) and is the biological father of Lesane Parish Crooks, who is better known as Tupac Shakur.
Garland was born in Flowood, Mississippi, he was not the same Billy Garland (born Mulberry, Arkansas; released a country music CD in 2002) who was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, nor was he the biological father of rapper Tupac Shakur.