Former child star Billy Crawford, best remembered as the cute, sweet-faced kid in German Moreno’s variety show that’s Entertainment, left the Philippines in 1994 to try his luck in the United States. But it was on the European scene that Billy Crawford—now all grown up and with the Joe dropped from his name—created a quiet stir.
In Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, and Germany, Billy’s songs are consistent chart toppers. His debut single, Trackin’ sold 750,000 copies in Europe and has been certified platinum. Ride, his first album, also reached platinum status, with 600,000 copies sold.
In 2003, the singing sensation won an award as International Male Artist of the Year in France, beating big American stars such as Will Smith and Eminem, and British super star Robbie Williams. Billy, who has performed a hundred shows in 10,000-capacity arenas, can also boast of performing in front of a live audience numbering 1.5 million. This was during the 13th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall in Germany.
When Billy made a short visit to Manila in 2006 to launch his CD, Ride, he wowed viewers with his singing and dancing flair—and his sexy muscles body. The hip-hop performer with rock-star appeal gave local audiences a glimpse of what drives those shrieking female fans in other parts of the globe crazy.
Early this year, the 25-year-old Billy Crawford was given his own star at the Eastwood Walk of Fame, the local counterpart of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Thankfully, his countrymen are finally catching on to the success of the Fil-Am kid named Billy