Billy Hill (band)

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For the group which performs at Disneyland, see Billy Hill and the Hillbillies.
Billy Hill
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genres Country
Years active 1989–1990
Labels Reprise
Associated acts The Detroit Wheels
Past members Bob DiPiero
Reno Kling
Martin Parker
Dennis Robbins
John Scott Sherrill

Billy Hill was an American country music group founded by singer/songwriter/guitarists Dennis Robbins, Bob DiPiero and John Scott Sherrill, along with Reno Kling (bass guitar) and Martin Parker (drums).[1] Before the group's foundation, Robbins had been a member of The Rockets (later The Detroit Wheels),[2] and Kling played bass for Steve Earle.[3] Sherrill and Robbins alternated as lead vocalists,[4] but credited the frontman role to a fictional character named Billy Hill and wrote a biography on the character.[5]

The band recorded one album for Reprise Records and charted two singles on the Billboard country charts. After disbanding in 1990, Robbins became a solo artist for Giant. DiPiero and Sherrill have continued working as songwriters.

I Am Just a Rebel (1989)[edit]

I Am Just a Rebel
Billy hill album.jpg
Studio album by Billy Hill
Released 1989
Genre Country
Label Reprise
Producer Billy Hill

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by DiPiero, Robbins and Sherrill except as noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Too Much Month at the End of the Money" 2:21
2. "Nickel to My Name" 2:35
3. "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" (Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr.) 3:34
4. "These Lonely Blues" (Sherrill, DiPiero) 4:03
5. "Rollin' Dice" 3:26
6. "What's a Boy to Do" 2:56
7. "Just in Case You Want to Know" 3:31
8. "I Am Just a Rebel" 3:32
9. "Drive On By" 3:59
10. "Gettin' On Down the Road" 3:33


Compiled from liner notes.[4]

Billy Hill[edit]

  • Bob DiPiero — background vocals
  • Reno Kling — bass guitar
  • Martin Parker — drums, percussion
  • Dennis Robbins — lead and background vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar
  • John Scott Sherrill — lead and background vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Bucky Baxter — steel guitar
  • Barry Beckett — piano, Hammond B-3 organ
  • Bessyl Duhon — accordion
  • Glen Duncan — fiddle, mandolin

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 55


Year Single Peak chart
US Country[1] CAN Country
1989 "Too Much Month (At the End of the Money)" 25 I Am Just a Rebel
"I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" 58 61
1990 "Nickel to My Name" 76
"No Chance to Dance" N/A
"Blue Angel"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak positions Album
US Country
1990 "Tomorrow's World" Various artists 74 N/A

Music videos[edit]

Year Video
1990 "Nickel to My Name"
"No Chance to Dance"


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 49. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Brennan, Sandra; Brian Mansfield. "Dennis Robbins biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Billy Hill". Stereo Review. 54 (7-12): 136. 
  4. ^ a b I Am Just a Rebel (CD booklet). Billy Hill. Reprise Records. 1989. 25915. 
  5. ^ Hurst, Jack (12 November 1989). "Game of the name Billy Hill has fun but takes singing seriously". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 26 December 2011.