William Larry Stewart II (March 24, 1937 – January 17, 1970) was an American rhythm and blues singer and pianist who was popular during the 1960s.
Stewart’s weight caused him several health problems, culminating in diabetes, a condition that may have contributed to him having a motorcycle accident in 1969.
He died in a broad-daylight car accident in January 1970, just two months prior to his 33rd birthday. The accident happened when the Ford Thunderbird that Stewart was driving approached a bridge across the Neuse River near Smithfield, North Carolina (presumably on Interstate 95). His car left the highway, ran along the median strip at a slight angle to the highway, struck the bridge abutment, and then plunged into the river, killing Stewart and his three passengers instantly. The other victims in the accident were members of Stewart’s band: Norman P. Rich, 39, of Washington D.C., William Cathey, 32 of Charlotte, N.C., and Rico Hightower, 22 of Newark, New Jersey. The four musicians were driving to a nightclub show in Columbia, South Carolina at the time of the wreck. The car had been purchased only 12 days before and had been driven only 1,400 miles before the accident occurred.
Stewart was buried in National Harmony Memorial Park in Landover, Maryland.
On today’s “Great Soul Performances” it’s all about “Beach Music!” Easter was this past Sunday, and the Monday following Easter officially starts “Beach Music Season.” I mean after the horrendous winter we’ve just gone through, what could be better? Spring is here, the Baseball Season 2015 is underway, and we look forward to summertime. So, on the Beach Music Playlist today you’ll find: The Embers, Billy Stewart, Eugene Pitt, the Esquires, the Tymes, Jerry Butler, Willie Tee, the Catalinas, Chuck Jackson, the Platters, and I even take a turn singing a “Beach Music Classic,” plus there’s a whole lot more. It kicks off at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT, following an encore of this past Sunday’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” at 5PM eastern time. Please join me for all the classic songs as we usher in “Beach Music Season” because “Summertime’s Calling Me” on RadioMaxMusic.com.
On “Great Soul Performances” this evening, we’re going to remember and salute the year 1965. We’ll look back on what was going on in ’65, as well playing those fantabulous songs from that year. You’ll hear artists like Joe Tex, Fontella Bass, Len Barry, the Royalettes, Little Milton, James Brown, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Billy Stewart, the Walker Brothers, Mel Carter, Little Anthony & the Imperials, the Ramsey Lewis Trio; live in concert, and many more. We’ll kick it off at 7PM EDT, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. So join me later for some holiday weekend fun on the best station on the internet, RadioMaxMusic.com.