While there are several performers on today’s music scene, few carry the burden of following in the footsteps of one of music’s greatest vocalists. Roy Hamilton Jr., son of the Legendary “Golden Boy Of Song” Roy Hamilton, who recorded such hit songs as “You’ll Never Walk Alone” “Unchained Melody”, “Ebb Tide”, and “Don’t Let Go”, has committed himself to preserving the legacy of his legendary father. Blessed with the drive and ambition that is ingrained within all stars, as well as the melodic, soaring tenor voice left to him by his father, he fills those big shoes with ease.
Born September 9th, 1961 in New York City, it seems Roy was born to sing. In his early years, he began to do just that, performing with his father at various events, including for the Prime Minister of the Bahamas and his wife at the Nassau Beach Hotel, as early as 7 years old. He also sang at various churches and other events, grooming himself for the life of a Showman.
After his father’s passing in 1969, Roy continued to show off his extraordinary abilities, his love of the stage undiminished. In 1976 Roy, along with his brother Ray and his mother Myrna, recorded a Tribute Album to his great father, entitled “The Hamilton Affair for Roy”. The Group performed at various radio sponsored events in Miami, New York and the Bahamas to promote the album, including a “Thank You Miami” concert at the Carver Theater in Miami, Florida.
In 1978, Roy found his second great love, Maria Wilson, and the two were married a year later. The marriage produced 3 beautiful children, Roy III, Thomas and Raphael Hamilton and has been going strong ever since. It was during this time that Roy put his larger musical aspirations briefly on hold, in order to raise his new family. His passion for singing never diminished however, and he continued to use his gifts to serve the Lord by performing at various churches and church-sponsored events. By 1997, his reputation within Atlantic City was fairly established. He had been a staple at several clubs and casinos such as The Claridge, Trump Castle, Resorts, The Wonder Gardens, The Blue Light and Viva’s Lounge. He also became a mainstay at Atlantic City’s various events, including The Black History Museum’s Annual Program, the annual Kwanzaa Festival (which also starred Roy Ayers), and had a role in the Musical “Rise 11” at the Showboat Casino.
In 1998, Roy took his show on the road, moving to legendary Motown with his newly formed band, “The Golden Boys”. They performed at various venues all over the state, including restaurants such as Fish Bones, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, and the Historic Fox and Hounds, where he performed regularly for nine months. During this time Roy also hosted a Show along with his wife Maria, on WPON Radio. It was a tribute to his legendary father entitled “The Golden Boy Hour: Roy Hamilton
Remembered”. He performed at the station’s yearly events, such as The Gratiot Cruise and The Woodward Car Cruise, both held on Detroit’s State Fair Grounds.
Between 2000 and 2004, Roy took his show back to Atlantic City, performing regularly at various clubs such as Club Alfonso’s with the Golden Boys and at the Ozone in the Renaissance Hotel. He was also featured at several events such as the Garden Basin Festival, the Boardwalk Jazz Series, and hosted a Roy Hamilton Father’s Day Tribute at The Kennedy Plaza.
In 2005, Roy hit the road again, this time taking is show to Las
Vegas. He performed at several casinos, such as the Montelago, Stratosphere and the Sahara. He Headlined his own Show with his band at the Bootlegger Bistro and LVH. He also made several guest appearances on the Dennis Bono Radio Show at ( SouthPoint Hotel and Casino), Ed Mathew’s Variety Shows held at Sam’s Town & Suncoast Hotel and Casinos. Roy found himself in good company when featured, along with the offspring of other legendary musicians in “The Next Generation”, an event hosted by “The Cast” at The Italian American Club. In 2006, Roy recorded an Album of his original material. His show at “the Hawaiian Market Place” in 2008 brought rave reviews located on the famous Las Vegas Strip.
Through the years, Roy continued performing shows all over the country with a singular purpose: To ensure that the legacy of his father is never forgotten.He made several appearances Hosting, Performing and Headlining His Own Show called “The Legacy Continues” at venues including Ron DeCar’s Event Center and on “Sherry Gordy Presents” Shows in The Club Tequila at The Fiesta Rancho Hotel & Casino.
He recorded an album of his original material and currently has 2 Songs on iTunes called “Man Up In The Sky” and “One Thousand Ways”. In addition, Roy made a Cameo appearance in The Movie “Standing Ovation” and has a significant Interview in the Recently released Documentary about Elvis by The BBC called “The Rebirth Of The King”, reflecting on the Major Influence his Dad, Roy Hamilton “The Golden Boy” had on Elvis’s Musical Career. Roy along with his wife Maria Continues to Produce their Show The “Golden Boy Hour: Roy Hamilton Remembered” which can be heard weekly on www.babyboomerradio.com.
Roy Hamilton Jr. is ready to take off once again on his storied quest to ensure that his father’s legacy is never forgotten. But in 2018, he is going to make sure that you don’t forget him, either.
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Inducted into “The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame”