Billy Joe Royal

Down in the Boondocks

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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
Classic Rock: 1965 1987
Various Artists
2:36
No Image 1987
Various Artists
Deluxe 2:35
Greatest Hits [Columbia] 1989 Columbia 2:36
Rock Classics of the 60s 1989
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:33
Rockin' 60's [Sony Special Products] 1989
Various Artists
Columbia 2:32
No Image 1991 Pair 0:00
Greatest Hits [Hollywood] 1991 Hollywood / IMG 2:35
Greatest Hits [Special] 1992 Special Music 2:37
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Hollywood / IMG 2:31
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Hollywood / IMG 2:33
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Hollywood / IMG 2:34
No Image 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
Down in the Boondocks [Prime Cuts] 1995 St. Clair 2:40
The Best of Billy Joe Royal [Sony] 1995 Sony Music Distribution 2:33
Happy Days: 100 Rock 'N' Roll Hits 1995
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:36
No Image 1996
Various Artists
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 4:33
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
Stay Close to Home 1998 Intersound 2:36
Classic 60's: Shakin' All Over 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time / Life Music 2:36
Pop Music: The Golden Era 1951-1975 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:35
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:35
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Starday Records / King 11:45
Classic '60s [Time Life] 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:36
1965 Classic Rock 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:40
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
No Image 2000 Atlantic 2:34
No Image 2000
Various Artists
King 2:35
Drift Away 2001 Park South Records / Town Sound 2:37
Riding in Cars with Boys 2001
Original Soundtrack
Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 2:34
A Year in Your Life: 1965, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:35
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
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 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
60's the Decade of Love and Music 2004
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:33
Best of Billy Joe Royal [Intersound] 2005 Intersound 2:39
Glory Road [Original Soundtrack] 2006
Various Artists
Hollywood 2:35
Hits of the 60s: Those Were the Days [3 Disc] 2006
Various Artists
BMG / Delta 2:37
Peace And Love [Madacy] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:35
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:35
Sixties: Collected 2010
Various Artists
USM 2:35
Billy Joe Royal [Suite 102] Suite 102
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
Party Dance Mix, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Euro Trend 1:16
No Image
Various Artists
King
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:31