Roy Hamilton was an American singer who achieved major success in both the R&B and pop charts in the 1950s. Hamilton’s booming baritone voice made him a 50s hitmaker singing gospel-flavoured pop songs.
In the late 40s Hamilton honed his singing skills in a church choir and as a member of its offshoot quartet, the Searchlight Singers. He won a talent contest at the Apollo Theatre in 1947, but it was not until 1953 that he was discovered singing in a New Jersey club by Bill Cook, an influential local disc jockey who became the singer’s manager.
Hamilton’s very first record for Columbia Records’ subsidiary Epic, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, became an R&B number 1 and national US Top 30 hit in 1954, and it shot Hamilton to fame.