The 1970s were highlighted by funk, soul, and R&B music. It wasn’t long before Youngstown native, Billy Beck, found his rhythm. It was the mid 1970s that Beck became an instrumental part of the wildly popular Ohio Players as an original member. Billy Beck,
child-prodigy- turned world renown keyboardist , writer, arranger, extraordinaire, penned #1 songs ‘Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster” with the Ohio Players for Mercury Records. He also authored the Whitney Houston hit song, “The Greatest Love of All.” Beck traveled the world, playing at major venues including Madison Square Garden in NYC,
Hollywood Bowl. Greek Theatre, and LA Colosseum in Los Angeles. Beck, two time Grammy award winner, received many accolades including 14 Gold and Platinum awards with Ohio Players
In 2018, Beck will be joining Warren, Ohio, writer, producer and percussionist, Vincent Yannucci for a new music endeavor. Yannucci is an independent artist with 5 studio produced albums and radio credits worldwide. His musical influence stems from musical talent of Edgar Winter’s “White Trash” with Jerry LaCroix. As a repeat emerging artist on Coast to Coast A.M. with George Noory, his music airs on over 600 stations across the U.S. He is also three times Blue Blood artist on Blues Deluxe-North America's longest running syndicated rock/blues music show. His music has reaches a wide audience with features on many commercials across the airwaves. Yannucci is a well-respected artist who has worked with numerous musicians and groups in the past. This 2018 collaboration with Billy Beck will be added to his list of career highlights.
Along on this musical journey is Youngstown native, jazz guitarist Edward Rick Ward. Ward is also a member of world renowned Ohio Players and the Beck Ward project. His career has a span of over four decades with artists that include Betty Wright, Brian McKnight, Arrested Development, and some of the greatest entertainers in the business.
The talents of Billy Beck, Vincent Yannucci, and Rick Ward come together in 2018 to create a musical adventure.
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