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« on: March 12, 2021, 09:50:01 AM »

Wasn't sure if this should go in the other music forum or not, but given that he wrote the original version of Make It Big and was credited on various KTSA tracks, I figure he has enough of a connection for the main BB forum.

What happened to him? Where is he? I have both of his solo albums and love them, but as far as I can tell he went into production but has now dropped off the face of the earth entirely. I saw a guy on Facebook saying he used to party with him in Hawaii but that was over 30 years ago. Is he completely out of the BB orbit?
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2021, 10:06:04 AM »

Bill House must be one of the most annoyingly difficult names to research and do Google searches on.  LOL

I love me some Make it Big.
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2021, 10:18:00 AM »

Bill House must be one of the most annoyingly difficult names to research and do Google searches on.  LOL

I love me some Make it Big.

Absolutely. Even while searching in quotes I keep getting results for Congressional bills. I thought I'd struck gold when I saw on LinkedIn a guy named Bill House who is publisher of a music production magazine... but it is a totally different guy.

He seemed to be part of the Terry Melcher group of guys, worked with Bruce as well of course. But it's as if in the late 80s he just dropped out of the game completely. Certainly Discogs has him actively producing, many songs each year, then bam, it stops in 1986. In fact his last non-re-release production credit is Rock N Roll To The Rescue by the Beach Boys!
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2021, 12:52:53 PM »

According to the BMI database, he is also known as Billy Harve House. From some googling, there appears to be a 69-year-old of the same name in California.
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2021, 01:52:41 PM »

According to the BMI database, he is also known as Billy Harve House. From some googling, there appears to be a 69-year-old of the same name in California.

Billy Harv House is how he is credited on the back of the Dancing With A Smile album - which is superb, by the way, and well worth a listen. It has the admittedly-weird original version of You Can Make It Big on it, too.

Glad he's still alive, at least! If he's 69 now that has him born in 1952, which makes him a decade younger than Bruce. That adds up in terms of timeline.
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2021, 06:27:25 AM »

According to the BMI database, he is also known as Billy Harve House. From some googling, there appears to be a 69-year-old of the same name in California.

Billy Harv House is how he is credited on the back of the Dancing With A Smile album - which is superb, by the way, and well worth a listen. It has the admittedly-weird original version of You Can Make It Big on it, too.

Glad he's still alive, at least! If he's 69 now that has him born in 1952, which makes him a decade younger than Bruce. That adds up in terms of timeline.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_KbMVS1VqU
You Can Make It Big
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« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2021, 03:15:07 AM »

According to the BMI database, he is also known as Billy Harve House. From some googling, there appears to be a 69-year-old of the same name in California.

Billy Harv House is how he is credited on the back of the Dancing With A Smile album - which is superb, by the way, and well worth a listen. It has the admittedly-weird original version of You Can Make It Big on it, too.

Glad he's still alive, at least! If he's 69 now that has him born in 1952, which makes him a decade younger than Bruce. That adds up in terms of timeline.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_KbMVS1VqU
You Can Make It Big


That's cool, thank you!
I love the Beach Boys' version. But I like the "Still Cruisin'" album on the whole anyway.
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