Which Way You Goin’ Billy?

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(above) left: debut album of the Poppy Family; right: group photo

Which Way You Goin’ Billy? (Terry Jacks)

The title of the song is a colloquial form of the question “Which way are you going, Billy.” The title is sometimes transcribed incorrectly as “Which Way You’re Going Billy?,” probably by persons unfamiliar with colloquial American English.

The Poppy Family — London Records single 45-129, b/w Endless Sleep (Jody Reynolds, Dolores Nance), issued in September 1969; chart success: #1 Canada in October 1969, #2 US in June 1970 — personnel: Susan Jacks: vocal, Terry Jacks: rhythm guitar, Craig McCaw: lead guitar, Satwant Singh: drums, others

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Billie Jo Spears — from her album Country Girl, Capitol ST-560, released in August 1970

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The Top of the Poppers — from the LP Top of the Pops, Vol. 13, (UK) Hallmark Records ‎ CHM 700, released in September 1970

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unidentified artist (sounds like a near duplicate of the Top of the Poppers recording directly above) — released in 1970 on the album Hot Hits 2, (UK) Music For Pleasure MFP 1426

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1974 Star For the Millions-Samantha Jones-(Benelux) Penny Farthing ‎6468 007

Samantha Jones — (as “Which Way You Going Billy”) originally released as the first track on the 1970 album The Other Jones, (UK) Penny Farthing ‎PELS 512; later included on the 1974 compilation Star For the Millions, (Benelux) Penny Farthing ‎6468 007

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Cassandra “Cassie” James — from an episode of the Australian TV series Hit Scene, originally broadcast on 5 December 1970

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John Holt — recorded as “Which Way You Going Baby” — released on the 1973 LP 1000 Volts of Holt (Jamaica) Sonic Sounds ‎TRLS 75, (UK) Trojan Records TRLS 75

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Buffalo Bill — recording date unknown; Buffalo Bill was evidently a Swedish band, active from 1972 to 1974

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Los Sportmen — (date unknown) Spanish-lyric version “Donde Estas Billy,” b/w “Todo lo que hago es soñar contigo” (“All I Have to Do is Dream”); evidently issued on the Mexican Orfeón label

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Sonja Gabršček — (date unknown) Slovenian-lyric version titled “Kje je moj Billy” (Where is my Billy?) — evidently released on a single (1, 2) in the 1970s

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Julie Quang — recorded under the title “Biệt Ly,” sometime “before 1975,” according to the video provider; the recording features both the original English lyrics and Vietnamese lyrics

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Marie Osmond

from the 1976 Donny & Marie Osmond album New Season

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(below) from the Donny & Marie Show – airdate: 18 February 1977

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Hortense Ellis & Clint Eastwood — recorded as “Which Way You Going Natty” —  issued on 12-inch 45 rpm singles on the Top Ranking (Jamaica) and The Sting (US) labels

The single is identified and dated 1979 in a thread on the title at Roots Archives (roots-archives.com), by italdub:

I think you speak about the fabulous HORTENSE ELLIS & CLINT EASTWOOD’s discomix on Top Ranking (JA) and The Sting (US) labels?

The song’s name is ‘WICH WAY YOU ARE GOING NATTY’/ ‘DUBWISE DREDDY’ (1979) and it is produced by ROGER LEWIS (from Inner Circle) and Tommy Cowan, the manager of that group and their Top Ranking / Top Ranking Sounds / Top Ranking International and The Sting labels. The result are 8 minutes of ‘pure bonheur!’

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The Gino Marinello Orchestra — originally released on the 1988 album Nights in White Satin – Die schönsten Instrumental-Songs Der Welt, (Germany) SR International ‎– 15 520 0

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Verna Charlton — from her 2010 album Cage the Songbird

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Lala Suwages — uploaded to YouTube on 2 June 2011

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Maria Elena Sànchez — uploaded to YouTube on 14 June 2011

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Bich Thuy, accompanied on keyboards by Quách Đạt — Valentino Party Hall in Houston, TX, on 3 August 2012

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Susan Jacks — live at Blue Frog Studios, 6 May 2013

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Time Travellers — live performance, 2015; published 10 August 2015

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Bich Thuy, accompanied on keyboards by Quách Đạt — Valentino Party Hall in Houston, TX, on 4 September 2015

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Helen Doyle with Dublin City Tribute Band – recorded in Manchester; published on 1 October 2015

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Jasmine Thorpe & Danny McEvoy — published on 8 July 2018

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