Billy Joe Royal

Down in the Boondocks

Composed by Joe South

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Legend has it that when Gene Pitney first heard Los Bravos' "Black Is Black," he turned to his manager and said, "Funny, I don't remember recording that!" Billy Joe Royal's "Down in the Boondocks" might have caused Pitney to do a double take as well. Built on a very similar Latin rhythm as Pitney's earlier hit "24 Hours From Tulsa," only syncopated a bit to better fit the southern boy's tale of woe, and sung by Royal in must have been a conscious aping of Pitney's instantly familiar quavering style. (None of Royal's follow-up hits featured the generally gruff-voiced singer singing in this high a register.) Lyrically, it's basically "Patches" without the drownings, your basic cross-cultural tale of the rich girl and the poor boy who loves her. However, it's the novel sound of that rhythm and the twangy lead guitar that makes the song.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1966
Various Artists
Columbia
Good Old Rock and Roll, Vol. 1 1987
Various Artists
Deluxe 2:35
Rockin' 60's [Sony Special Products] 1989
Various Artists
Columbia 2:32
No Image 1991 Pair
Greatest Hits [Hollywood] 1991 Hollywood/IMG / Hollywood 2:35
Greatest Hits [Special] 1992 Special Music 2:37
The Oldie Collection, Vol. 2 1992
Various Artists
Columbia 2:34
Remember the 60's, Vol. 2 [Remember] 1994
Various Artists
Remember Records
Super Hits, Vol. 3 [Hollywood] 1994
Various Artists
Hollywood/IMG / Hollywood 2:34
No Image 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
Greatest Hits [Prime Cuts] 1995 St. Clair
The Best of Billy Joe Royal [Sony] 1995 Sony Music Distribution 2:33
The Days of Rock 'N' Roll 1995
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 2:36
Tragic Love Songs: Please Don't Take the Girl 1996
Various Artists
King / King 2:36
20 Greatest Hits 1965 1996
Various Artists
Deluxe
20th Century Rocks, Vol. 8: '60s Pop - Those Were the Days 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:36
Down in the Boondocks/Cherry Hill Park 1997 Collectables 2:34
Pop 60's 1997
Various Artists
Coyote Records 2:34
Georgia on My Mind, Vol. 2: Georgia Country 1997
Various Artists
Planet Earth Recordings 2:34
Party Dance Mix [Riviere] 1997
Various Artists
Riviere International Records 1:16
Global Rock, Vol. 9: From London to L.A. 1997
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
Down in the Boondocks [KRB] 1997 KRB
Stay Close to Home 1998 Intersound 2:36
Classic 60's: Shakin' All Over 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time/Life Music 2:36
Greatest Hits of the 60's [1999] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:34
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:35
Rock Stars on CD 1999
Various Artists
Starday Records / King 11:45
Classic '60s [Time Life] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:36
Classic Rock: Hits of 1965 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:40
Rock N' Roll 60's Flashback 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:40
Super Hits 2000 Atlantic 2:34
Good Old Rock and Roll 2000
Various Artists
King 2:35
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Dominion Entertainment 2:33
Drift Away 2001 Park South Records / Town Sound 2:37
Riding in Cars with Boys 2001
Original Soundtrack
Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 2:34
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '60s, Vol. 3 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 2:36
Jukebox Hits of the '60s [Collectalbes] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:36
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:36
Jukebox Hits 1965 [Madacy] 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:36
Rock N' Roll Hits: Golden 1965 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:36
The Very Best of Billy Joe Royal: The Columbia Years (1965-1971) 2002 Taragon Records 2:34
Rockin' Country [Sony Box Set] 2002
Various Artists
Immediate / Sony Music Distribution 2:33
Sensational Sixties, Vol. 1 2002
Various Artists
Prestige Elite Records / Prestige Elite Records (Japan) 2:35
The Rockin' 60's [Platinum Disc] 2002
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:35
60's: The Decade of Love & Music 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:33
Chartbusters USA, Vol. 3 2003
Various Artists
Ace 2:35
Rock N Roll Reunion 1965 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:40
20 Rockin' Hits of the 60's [Disc 3] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:39
The Sixties [Goldies Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Goldies 2:40
Gold Collection: Oldies Party Songs 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:40
60's the Decade of Love and Music 2004
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:33
100 Rockin' Hits of the 60's 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:39
Best of Billy Joe Royal [Intersound] 2005 Intersound 2:39
Glory Road [Original Soundtrack] 2006
Various Artists
Hollywood 2:36
Essential Sixties: 1965-1969 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG
K-Tel Presents: In the Summertime 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:38
Super 60's [Weton] 2006
Various Artists
Weton 2:35
Happy Days of the 60s [4-CD] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:39
Down in the Boondocks 2006 Gusto Records 2:33
The World of 60's Oldies 2007
Various Artists
The World Of / ZYX Music 2:34
No Image 2007
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:33
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Euro Trend / MCP 2:36
Peace And Love [Madacy] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:35
Great 60s Collection, Vol. 2 2008
Various Artists
Red X 2:37
Happy Days of the 60's  [Madacy 2008] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:40
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:35
Truckin’ Country 2010
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group / Columbia River Group 2:39
Sixties: Collected 2010
Various Artists
USM 2:35
'60s Music Revolution 2012
Various Artists
Time / Time/Life Music 2:35
Party Rock 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:36
A Groovy Kind of Love 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:34
Those Were the Days [Sony] 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:35
100 Hits: 60s Originals 2013
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:34
No Image 2016
Various Artists
Sony Music
1965: A Time To Remember The Classic Years
Various Artists
Tabak 2:36
No Image
Various Artists
X5 2:39
No Image Chacra Licensing 2:38
Essential Radio Hits of the 60s
Various Artists
Classic Music Company / MVD Audio 2:33
Essential Radio Hits of the 60s, Vol. 6
Various Artists
Classic Music Vault / MVD Audio 2:33
Global Rock, Vol. 7-9: From London to L.A.
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
Golden Records: The Early Songwriting Genius of Joe South 1961-1966
Various Artists
Rare Rockin' Records / Traditions Alive 2:35
No Image
Various Artists
Monaco Entertainment Corporation 2:44
Nice 'N' Easy [Prestige]
Various Artists
Prestige 2:37
Party Dance Mix, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Euro Trend 1:16
Party Rock: Kicks
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:36
No Image
Various Artists
King
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:31
The  Golden Era of Pop Music, Vol. 1
Various Artists
CBS Records
The Complete Early Recordings, 1961-1966 Dynamic Voice 2:35
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