Singer, songwriter (born 26 April 1951 in Cleveland, Ohio). Newton-Davis moved in 1980 to Toronto from New York, where he had worked as a singer and dancer on Broadway. After appearing in Toronto cabaret (e.g., productions of Toronto, Toronto, Ain't Misbehavin', and Shimmytime) he turned to a nightclub and recording career at mid-decade. His first LP, Love Is a Contact Sport (Col PCC-80112), included the songs 'Deeper,' 'Right Beside You,' and 'Find My Way Back,' and brought Newton-Davis the 1986 Juno Awards for best R&B/Soul recording and as most promising male vocalist. A follow-up in 1989, Spellbound (Col FC-44499), included his most successful single to that point, 'I Can't Take It,' as well as 'Can't Live with You' (a duet with Céline Dion), and won the 1989 Juno as best R&B/Soul recording. His performing career was largely limited to the Toronto area - eg, local clubs (Nettwork, Cameron Public House, etc) and Ontario Place - until he joined the Nylons in 1991.
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- . "Billy Newton-Davis". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 04 February 2014, Historica Canada. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/billy-newton-davis-emc. Accessed 30 November 2023.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- (2014). Billy Newton-Davis. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/billy-newton-davis-emc
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- . "Billy Newton-Davis." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published July 29, 2007; Last Edited February 04, 2014.
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Billy Newton-Davis," by , Accessed November 30, 2023, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/billy-newton-davis-emc
Published Online July 29, 2007
Last Edited February 4, 2014