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Collection Number: 70174

Collection Title: Scott Billington Collection, 1960s-2023

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1270 items)
Abstract The collection of record producer Scott Billington contains audio recordings of live performances and song demos; recording session notebooks; files for Rounder Records sessions and releases; and printed items. Collection materials date from the late 1960s to 2023 with most materials from the 1980s and 1990s relating to Billington's work with Rounder Records on the Modern Masters of New Orleans series. Recordings of live music include performances by Johnny Adams, Lou Ann Barton, Jimmy Buffett, Rita Coolidge, Deacon John, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bo Dollis & Wild Magnolias, Dr. John, Neville Brothers, Rebirth Brass Band, Fingers Taylor, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Tuts Washington. Demo tapes have unpublished recorded versions of songs by Jonnie Barnett, Bobby Charles, Dr. John, Earl King, Ernie K-Doe, Paul Kelly, Jimmy Lewis, Bucky Lindsey, Percy Mayfield, Dan Penn, Doc Pomos, Jerry Ragovoy, Carson Whisett, and others. Billington's session notebooks date from 1982 through 1987 and document recording sessions for After Dark by Johnny Adams, Hot Tamale Baby by Marcia Ball, The New Rules by Irma Thomas, Out of the Dark by Walter "Wolfman" Washington, and recordings made by Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Solomon Burke, Holmes Brothers, and Sleepy LaBeef. Other session notebooks pertain to recordings of the 1982 and 1984 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Files for Rounder Records sessions and projects contain contracts, correspondence, lyric sheets, photographs, press clippings, proposals, receipts, reviews, session logs, track sheets, and other session materials. Artists represented in the files include Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Duke Robillard, Tuts Washington, and Zydeco Cha-Chas. Most files are listed with corresponding Rounder Records' catalog numbers. Printed items include posters for music concerts, programs for music festivals and the Grammy awards show, issues of Pop Top Magazine from 1974 to 1975 when Billington served as editor and wrote editorials, and issues of Rounder Records' newsletter Concentrics from 1981 to 1986. Acquired as part of the Southern Folklife Collection.
Creator Billington, Scott.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection is not available for immediate or same day access. Please contact Research and Instructional Service staff at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu to discuss options for consulting this collection.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Scott Billington Collection #70174, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Scott Billington in September 2023 (20240111.1).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Encoded by: Laura Smith, February 2024

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

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Rounder Records, founded in 1970, is an American roots music record label. Scott Billington (1951-) is an American record producer and songwriter. Billington created and produced the Modern New Orleans Masters series for Rounder Records in the 1980s and 1990s.

Albums produced by Billington for the series featured New Orleans rhythm & blues, New Orleans brass bands, blues, country, funk, soul, zydeco, and other music genres. Artists included Johnny Adams, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Chuck Carbo, Paul Kelly, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Holmes Brothers, Sleepy LaBeef, Irma Thomas, Tuts Washington, and Walter "Wolfman" Washington.

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The collection of record producer Scott Billington contains audio recordings of live performances and song demos; recording session notebooks; files for Rounder Records sessions and releases; and printed items. Collection materials date from the late 1960s to 2023 with most materials from the 1980s and 1990s relating to Billington's work with Rounder Records on the Modern Masters of New Orleans series. Recordings of live music include performances by Johnny Adams, Lou Ann Barton, Jimmy Buffett, Rita Coolidge, Deacon John, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bo Dollis & Wild Magnolias, Dr. John, Neville Brothers, Rebirth Brass Band, Fingers Taylor, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Tuts Washington. Demo tapes have unpublished recorded versions of songs by Jonnie Barnett, Bobby Charles, Dr. John, Earl King, Ernie K-Doe, Paul Kelly, Jimmy Lewis, Bucky Lindsey, Percy Mayfield, Dan Penn, Doc Pomos, Jerry Ragovoy, Carson Whisett, and others. Billington's session notebooks date from 1982 through 1987 and document recording sessions for After Dark by Johnny Adams, Hot Tamale Baby by Marcia Ball, The New Rules by Irma Thomas, Out of the Dark by Walter "Wolfman" Washington, and recordings made by Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Solomon Burke, Holmes Brothers, and Sleepy LaBeef. Other session notebooks pertain to recordings of the 1982 and 1984 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Files for Rounder Records sessions and projects contain contracts, correspondence, lyric sheets, photographs, press clippings, proposals, receipts, reviews, session logs, track sheets, and other session materials. Artists represented in the files include Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Duke Robillard, Tuts Washington, and Zydeco Cha-Chas. Most files are listed with corresponding Rounder Records' catalog numbers. Printed items include posters for music concerts, programs for music festivals and the Grammy awards show, issues of Pop Top Magazine from 1974 to 1975 when Billington served as editor and wrote editorials, and issues of Rounder Records' newsletter Concentrics from 1981 to 1986.

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