Billy Gene Golden (1938-2003) – Alabama – Country Musician

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Billy Gene Golden - Alabama Country Music Album cover
Billy Gene Golden, Country Music Album cover, 1968, Starday Records.

Billy Gene Golden

Birth 11 Mar 1938 in Jefferson County, Alabama
Death 8 Aug 2003 in Bullhead City, Mohave, Arizona


Henry Roosevelt Golden, 1904 – 1987
— Readie Mae Belcher, 1907 – 1993

Spouse: He is believed to have married several times. I can find no record of any marriage.

Military: U.S. Air Force service from 28 March 1957 to 10 June 1958.

Billy Gene released his album ‘Billy Golden, Country Music’s Golden Boy‘ on Starday records in 1968. Four sets of singles from the album were released in 1968 and 1969. The album can still occasionally be found on eBay or on as a country music rarity.

His 45rpm discography:

(1968) Life’s Little Pleasures // B-Side: Loser Makin’ Good

(1968) Born Loser // B-Side: Wild Wild Thing

(1968) Good Enough For You // B-Side: I Was Born To Be In Love With You

(1969) Me And Mine // B-Side: I Don’t Know A Lot Of Things

Starday Records was also home to the first album for the Oak Ridge Boys, with William Lee “Bill” Golden (1939, born in Brewton, Alabama) as a member.  William Lee “Bill” Golden and Billy Gene “Bill” Golden are two separate individuals.

Billy Gene Golden
Billy Gene Golden, from a photo on the backside of his album ‘Country Music’s Golden Boy’, 1968, cover photo by Dan Quest Art Studio, Nashville.

Not a lot is known about Billy Gene after the early 1970s. He passed away in 2003 in Bullhead City, Mohave, Arizona. Have searched for but have not found any obituary.

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Photo credit: Carole Alessi/ANC … Carole is herself a Golden and a cousin from a separate branch of the family descended from Nathaniel Greene Golden.

Billy Gene rests at the National Memorial Cemetary: Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA, Section 51 Site 697.

Golden - Billy Gene - AL 1938 to 2003 cemetary

You are welcome to add to or to correct this story by contacting: Bill Golden,

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